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Locals bring laptops and learn cyber security skills

Folks grabbed their laptops and learned some key cyber skills from Columbia Basin College and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Cybersecurity can seem intimidating to most, but as our world becomes more and more connected digitally, it's even more important to understand.

Folks grabbed their laptops and learned some key cyber skills from Columbia Basin College and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Cyber security engineers said social media is their biggest concern because nearly everybody uses it.

"If you do have a social media account, do you really want people to know where you live? Do you want them to know your phone number? Do you want them to know that you went on vacation?" said Penny McKenzie, a cyber security engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

McKenzie said hackers or criminals can use all this information, so on the place where people are sharing the most privacy is your biggest ally.

Experts said if there's something you wouldn't want a total stranger knowing, don't post it online.

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