Security experts: Cyberspace use can lead to crimes

By Jennifer Lynn Flores


University of the Incarnate Word students should be mindful of what they share online that could lead to crimes.

“Cybercrimes: Prevention and Protection” was the subject of a recent seminar that Campus Life held in J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library Auditorium.

The two presenters — San Antonio Police Detective Brian Stuhl with SAPD’s Street Crimes Division and Technical Investigations Detail and Greg Garza, a cyberanalyst with the FBI — shared information in regards to students’ protection of identity and the crimes that can occur when sharing personal information and photographs on social media.

Some topics discussed were related to cyber crimes, financial fraud/account takeover, identity fraud, hacking into emails and other personal accounts online, and hardening computers.

Garza provided several ideas and tips to keep students aware of the consequences of releasing too much information on social media.

A few precautions Stuhl and Garza brought to the attention of students were hardening computers and smartphones. Exercising good security practices and performing anti-viruses on both can help harden them.

“You want to make it as hard as possible,” Garza said. “There have been many crimes reported of hacking and cyber stalking. We’ve all done it.”

Other tips included turning Bluetooth and Hot Spots off while not using them because it avoids having personal information hacked. They also suggested students should avoid opening attachments sent through email from unfamiliar sites, storing sensitive information on computers, and giving out passwords.

Monica Solis-Hoefl, the assistant director of campus life who planned the seminar, also had some advice.

“Be cautious on how you present information,” Solis-Hoefl said. “For us, on campus, it’s a situation that doesn’t get reported often.”


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