Be aware of kids’ behavior online to thwart hacker attacks, experts say

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BELVIDERE, Ill. (WTVO) — Belvidere business owners spent Tuesday morning learning about cyber attacks like the one that targeted the Rockford Public School systems over the past few weeks.

The Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the event at which a cyber security expert talked about issues facing business and families online.

Attendees learned everything from how to a home computer, a cell phone, and even medical devices, can be hacked.

To stay safe, experts say it’s important to stay informed.

“We need to educate ourselves,” said Chris Reckinger, the Assistant Vice President of Information Technology at Union Savings Bank. “People need to educate themselves on how to protect themselves, how to be aware of what’s going on, and how to be aware of the triggers that might happen to cause problems.”

Reckinger also stressed the importance of monitoring what children are accessing online.

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