WILMINGTON -- Cape Fear Community College kicked off their inaugural cyber security awareness program on Thursday.
Instructors held mini sessions to help people stay safe on the computer.
They suggest changing passwords once a month and warn against using the same password on multiple sites.
They also urge users to update or install anti-virus and malware scanning programs.
"Your computer has to be updated to be secure. They wouldn't issue updates unless there was a fundamental problem with the way your computer is working," said instructor Garrett Baltezegar. "If your computer is not updated, you're open to the latest attacks and more."
Keeping an operating system up-to-date, learning to recognize phishing scams and backing up important documents are all ways they say will help to keep you safe online.
With all of the information available, they said ignorance is not an option.
"I definitely agree with that. I mean, again, if you are not taking an active role in protecting yourself, you know, people will take advantage of that," said participant Matthew Wahl.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness month.