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Senior security expert teaches Sioux City students how to protect their online profile

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The world wide web has been around for 25-years, but the steps you should take to protect your online identity are always evolving.

Tuesday, a former CIA agent put students through their paces to learn the ins and outs of online safety.

Christopher Burgess usually teaches online safety to seniors, but Tuesday his target was seniors and juniors in high school.

"They rely on their grand-children, they rely on their children to help them stay safe online. What I've found is that if I'm educating both ends of the spectrum, then we're going to reduce the amount of train wrecks that occur, both on purpose and inadvertently,” Christopher Burgess, Prevendra CEO.

Those train wrecks are missteps we take on the information super highway that take our person information in the wrong direction. The biggest one says Burgess, who spent 30-years with the CIA, is over sharing.

"Your friend's friend may not be your friend,” said Burgess.

Burgess points out that that information is not just going to strangers, but to companies who are using it as a commodity. If you're joining a new social network he suggests searching for the word share in the privacy statement.  Burgess urges us to keep the security software on our computer, tablet, and smartphone up to date.

Burgess will hold three seminars at Western Iowa Tech Community College tomorrow on cyber espionage.  The series starts at 11.

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