Tyler , TX (KETK) — October is "Cyber Security Awareness" month.
Almost everyone uses the internet on a daily basis whether for work, online shopping, or social media purposes.
However, as Americans continue to spend an average of 13 hours online every week, the Smith County Sheriff Department wants to remind viewers about the growing risks.
John Moore, the Tyler Public Information Officer said, "When people say cyber security a lot of times what you automatically want to think about is protecting your finances and protecting your identity. You know safety plays in to this too".
Online hackers are getting more creative and resourceful every year. Moore says, "They will send emails that look like they are from PayPal or look like they are from a credit card company. With the launch of the new Obama care it's very likely that people will try and use that to get information".
The Better Business Bureau says there is a particular group of websites that scammers most commonly target.
Olga Mondragon, the Director of Investigative Services at the B-B-B, says they target those who are, "Job searching online or searching for real estate online. Those are typically the most common".
Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself and your hard-earned money. Moore says, "If there's a link that seems too good to be true don't click on it. It's probably too good to be true. You want to use common sense".
If you find yourself questioning the legitimacy of an online business you can contact the Tyler Better Business Bureau.