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AARP Hosts Cyber Safety Event to Help Avoid Online Scams

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KENNEWICK, WA- Wednesday morning AARP, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Microsoft and the Federal Trade Commission held a "Cyber Safety" event. 

They talked about many popular hacks and explained how to avoid them. Three major examples they talked about are "Man in the Middle", "Evil Twin" and "War Driving". A "Man in the Middle" attack happens when someone is connected to public Wi-Fi networks and a hacker intercepts to obtain data from personal accounts which could even include financial accounts on your devices.

 The "Evil Twin" example explains how hackers pretend to be a legitimate Wi-Fi access point but is a fake access point. By doing this, they can steal your personal identity or even take over your phone or laptop. 

Finally, "War Driving" refers to hackers who target poorly protected Wi-Fi networks either in a car or using another digital device. Once they access your poor protection they can then hack to get your information. 

Attorney General Bob Ferguson told us there is one very important message that can help everyone stay protected, "no matter what, do not give out your personal information, your credit card number, your social security number, unless you are positive that that information is going to a trusted source".