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Workshop focuses on cyber security

The University of Wisconsin-Extension is offering a workshop to help people be more secure online and help to avoid identity theft as part of Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Workshops will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 29 and 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in Room 270 of the Government Center, 1316 N. 14th St.

The workshop uses curriculum from the Department of Homeland Security, "Stop. Think.

Connect." The workshop is designed to help home and small business computer users to learn how to take basic precautions to secure personal and business information while online.

There is no fee to attend the workshop, but registration is requested by calling UW-Extension at 715-395-1363 or visiting

"The average home internet user doesn't always understand their vulnerability and the importance of basic cyber security steps," said James Anderson with UW-Extension.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, cyber security impacts millions of Americans: 600,000 Facebook accounts get hacked daily, 47 percent of Americans have had at least some personal information exposed to outside parties, and 1-in-3 homes have

computers infected with malicious software.