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Monday, October 17, 2016

City offers free help to avoid being hacked, ID theft

Uh oh! What to do now?

Ever found your Facebook account had suspicious or embarrassing messages sent to all your friends?

Ever gotten a call from a friend saying they had gotten a strange email from you and were checking whether you really sent it?

If so, you've been hacked.

Plainfield is offering a free opportunity to understand how it happens and how to guard against cyberthreats to your personal computer or your business.

Anyone who uses the Internet is vulnerable to have their address book hijacked, their identity stolen, and their business disrupted or even bankrupted by malicious hacks and frauds.

Anyone whose business depends on employees using computers and internet access needs this informative workshop to protect their business.

A free workshop on Wednesday (October 19) hosted by the City of Plainfield and presented by cybersecurity expert Chris Reid of Palindrome Technologies will inform and give you tools and knowledge to combat hackers of all sorts.

Chris will discuss the various types of cyberattacks you may experience and what harm they can do to you. He will also give you tips and techniques to avoid being hacked, and what to do if you are hacked.

There will be a question-and-answer period following his presentation.

The free workshop runs from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the Anne Louise Davis Meeting Room of the Plainfield Public Library.

The Plainfield Public Library is at Park Avenue and West 8th Street and is an accessible facility. Parking is available in the 8th and 9th Street lots. For more information about this program, call (908) 226-2502.

(Attendees will have time afterward to make it over to Plainfield Democratic Headquarters (31 Watchung Avenue) for the presidential debate-watching party, which begins at 8:00 PM.)

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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