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Beware: old gadgets could help hackers access your cash, social accounts, more

Casey M Fryda

Monday October 24, 2016
NWTC is fighting cyber crime this week by collecting old electronics that could allow hackers to harm students and staff. The initiative is part of the annual Cyber Security Awareness Month initiated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

NWTC encourages safe electronics dispotal with Technology Recycling Events 2016The College is holding Technology Recycling events at all campuses and Regional Learning Centers this week to make sure unused cell phones, computers, game consoles and more are securely wiped and properly discarded. (The NWTC Green Bay campus will accept electronics Thursday, Oct. 27 from 7:30 a.m. to noon. For other times and locations, see more about NWTC Cyber Security Awareness Technology Recycling events). 

The event has been organized for several reasons: to safeguard students and staff from criminals, to encourage departments to get rid of old electronics that might present a security risk, and to raise awareness of how cyber-crime happens.

Students and NWTC employees will be able to bring in old computers, phones, gaming systems, fax machines and other electronics. NWTC staff will collect and sort the materials and safeguard them until they can be picked up by a secure disposal company. 

According to the Homeland Security web site, "We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident."

See NWTC's information about staying safe in cyberspace and recycling your electronics securely

See Homeland Security's tips for online security 
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