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Windstream offers internet safety tips to keep you safe from cybercrime

You can select a security filter on your search engine to protect your devices form cybercrime....
You can select a security filter on your search engine to protect your devices form cybercrime. (Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)(KSNB)
Published: Jun. 5, 2019 at 6:58 PM CDT
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Nearly 90 percent of Americans use the Internet, which is why you need to know how to protect yourself against cybercrime.

A report by the Internet Claim Complaint Center shows Nebraskans lost more than $4.2 million to cybercrime in 2017.

"The cost of cybercrime in and of itself is going to climb to $6 trillion by 2021, which is up from $3 trillion just one year ago. The incidents of those things happening is climbing," said Stephanie Laux, an internet expert with Kenetic by Windstream.

Laux said to prevent becoming a victim of cybercrime, you should install anti-virus, identity theft and online backup tools to all your devices. These will protect your security and privacy.

Search engines like Bing have security filters you can use, which can be especially useful to monitor what your kids are doing. You can select a "moderate" or "strict" setting.

She said you also need to beware of pop-ups and any suspicious emails.

"Something that comes through that you're really questioning, I think those are the times that you really need to ask yourself, 'is this something that I should be clicking on or not.' Nine times out of ten you probably shouldn't," Laux said.

Windstream has a useful acronym to help you remember ways to be safe while using the internet.

P Protect Your Personal Information

R Resist Pop-ups and Suspicious Downloads

I Install the Latest Software Updates

V Verify Emails

A Assess Your Privacy Settings

T Talk About Safe Internet Practices

E Ensure Your Internet Connection is Secure

Windstream's retail location in Hastings is hosting a free safety event on June 20 as part of Internet Safety Month.