Nick McWilliams reporting – In conjunction with Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Tuscarawas County Public Library is helping make residents aware of the risks.

Across the state and the nation, local officials are warning individuals of potential risks online, including a message from Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost about the dangers lurking on social media and the internet.

Emerging Technology Associate Virginia Wright says that the library’s event will give tips and bring awareness to technology users.

“It’s just to help people heighten [their] awareness. We have so many devices now. We’re on our phones, we’re on our computers and there’s a little bit of a gray area about what is secure, what I need to do make sure I’m safe. [It’s] just kind of a brush-up and a reminder.”

According to data from Juniper Research, businesses will lose around $2 trillion due to breaches.

Echoing the words of Yost, Wright says that emails can be the biggest threat in cyber security.

“Make sure you know the links you’re clicking on are safe links. Make sure that emails you receive are from people that you know before you open any attachments. Things like that.”

The event will start today at 6 p.m., and registration can be completed online at www.tusclibrary.com.

As a part of the event, a partnership with Unified Bank will bring Steve Norman to the Kent State at Tuscarawas Academic Learning Commons to discuss the matter.

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