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GCC to host 'BeCyberAware Fair'

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BATAVIA -- With great power, comes great responsibility - so true, Stan Lee, so true. The technology used today to teach, to learn, to communicate, to run countries and even to buy groceries or find the nearest lemonade stand gives individuals great power; but to avoid catastrophe requires individuals to accept certain responsibilities. To maintain an awareness of ever-changing responsibilities, to safeguard your information and so much more, the Student Success Center, Computer Services and Student Activities departments at Genesee Community College are collaborating to present GCC's BeCyberAware Fair 2019! This second annual, totally free event will kick-off National Cyber Security Month (October) on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the William W. Stuart Forum on GCC's Batavia campus.

The entire event is free and open to the public.All are invited to join GCC staff, faculty, peers and community representatives for informal, engaging and important dialogues about minding your online presence and activities in today's increasingly complex techno-sphere. Discussion highlights will include:
  • Identifying and avoiding cyberbullying
  • How GCC safeguards personal information
  • Protecting your computer and mobile devices from malware and viruses
  • How to handle your personal information or device being hacked
BeCyberAware Fair 2019 participants will earn tickets throughout the Fair - starting with registration - for free pizza and a chance to win prizes (GCC dining dollars, GCC Bookstore swag and more)."We all have valuable information that is created, transmitted and stored online in one form or another-such as college records, banking records, social media posts and emails-which we generally think is safe and protected. In many cases, it is. However, we need to ask how the companies and organizations we trust safeguard this information," said Greg Brooks, GCC's senior learning technologist and Cyber Fair co-coordinator. "The BeCyberAware Fair helps individuals understand what steps we can all take to mitigate risks or to recover when information is compromised. We will talk about what behaviors help or hinder efforts to keep our well-being and information secure, and to explore ways to recognize and avoid cyberbullying. By sharing the expertise GCC has to offer and bringing together our partner resources, we can help protect more students, more families and more individuals."

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