CyberWyoming and the Wyoming State Library educate the public on cybersecurity

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 6:51 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The FBI warns Americans that fraud and cybersecurity issues are on the rise.

As a result, Wyomingites are reporting scams from all over the state, and they are reporting them to a phishing reporting site named CyberWyoming.

Studies show that people with prior knowledge of hacker’s tactics and scams are much less likely to engage.

The Wyoming State Library has partnered with CyberWyoming’s network, WYO-Can, to make monthly videos called “Cyber in a Box” to combat this issue.

”So that people can better educate themselves on cybersecurity issues, our last two have been on deep fakes, but we’ve done ones on password security, we’ve had them on computer backups, different things people can use to protect themselves,” said Susan Mark, Outreach Librarian for the Wyoming State Library.

Laura Baker, the Executive Director of CyberWyoming, warns one of the more popular deep fakes currently is helped by social media.

”We’re putting so much video and audio online, it’s easier now to steal your voice. So it’s going to make the deep fakes even more convincing,” said Baker.

Baker says with scammers pretending to be family members in a state of emergency, to glean money, she suggests it’s best to have a verbal family password to distinguish who’s real or not.

”Don’t ever give anything like social security number or your drivers license over email, email is not secure. Its always better just to call that person direct and know exactly who youre talking to,” said Baker.

Ways to protect your private information include logging out of your accounts and verifying your social media security settings.

Don’t post too much information or current vacation photos, and avoid sharing or using public Wi-Fi. A VPN service will also help protect you and your workplace the most.

The Wyoming State Library’s “Cyber in a Box” is free and accessible for everyone and the user-friendly videos will help even the most technically inefficient.

”A short program on how to protect yourself in what can be a very scary world cyber-security wise,” said Mark.

Video tips and lessons vary month to month and run the gamut of subjects like protecting your router, proofing our webcam, children’s apps security, and cyberbullying.

Hackers seek out needs and create half stories with enough truth to hook unsuspecting people. It’s our job to make sure we aren’t one more.

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