Using cyber security to prevent becoming a victim

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Cyber crimes are on the rise and experts say there is no sign of it slowing down.

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council spread the word at a cyber security forum Tuesday evening.

Experts said the more devices are connected to the internet, the more risk there is to become a victim.

The top program used in crimes now is called Ransomware and it can be used through email or social networking.

For regular technology users, there are several things you can do to protect yourself.

"There are some pretty key red flags," said Robert Schadey, the Chief Information Security Officer for the 1901 Group in Blackburg. "Anything that involves your social security number, anything that requires credit card or giving up credit card information through insecure channels."

To learn more about cyber crimes and security click the links to the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council and the 1901 Group attached to the right of this article.

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