This is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the Better Business Bureau – Nebraska is doing everything they can to help consumers and businesses do a better job securing their personal information. President and CEO Jim Hegarty says after big data breaches at businesses and restaurants they are holding a seminar on Thursday in Omaha.
Hegarty says they are partnering with the National Cyber Security Alliance and will hold a program this Thursday, October 23rd. He says consumers and businesses can come and spend a couple hours with representatives with the FBI, Homeland Security and Nebraska’s security officer. They will share information on how to protect your personal information from large data breaches that happened at Target, Jimmy Johns, Chase and Home Depot. The program starts at 7:30 at Mammel Hall at the University of Nebraska – Omaha. The event is free and breakfast will be served.
Hegarty also wants consumers to be alert to possible scams surrounding the Ebola scare. He says be very careful clicking on email alerts or warnings about the virus. He says some could contain malware. He says those wanting to donate to Ebola relief efforts should only do so through reputable charities.
With the Kansas City Royals in the World Series, Hegarty says fans may also be victimized. Those wanting to buy tickets online need to check the seller’s history to see if he or she has a good reputation. Those buying tickets to auction sites also need to be very careful. He issues this reminder – if the deal is too good to be true it probably is.