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Maui Students Focused on Cyberattacks

KAHULUI — Do not click to win a $1,000 Amazon gift card. Do not spin the wheel that just popped up onscreen. And definitely do not use the word “password” as a password.

“Especially in today’s society, there are so many ways that we can experience the downsides of lack of security in the cyber world,” said Bonnie McCrystal, local coach for Cyberpatriot, a national youth cyber education program.

Important cyber practices were discussed during a free talk called “Safe and Secure: Protecting Yourself on the Internet” for youth and adults at Kahului Library on Saturday. The presentation, offered by McCrystal’s Cyberpatriot group of Seabury Hall students, coincides with October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Cyberattacks and breaches are growing in frequency, and losses are rising, authorities say. Breaches hit a new record in 2017, with 1,632 breaches tracked, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.

Because no one is exempt from being targeted, the best way to protect information is to be proactive, presenters said Saturday.

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