Internet attacks are always a threat in this crazy world and the Casper Chamber of Commerce had their website hacked this morning by someone or a group named Alireza_Promis.

Casper Chamber of Commerce's website, CasperWyoming.org

This attack was just focused on the Casper Chamber's homepage of CasperWyoming.org and didn't affect the "linked to" pages. The website was restored the original home page in about one hour and it is now back up and functioning.

June is National Internet Safety month and if you think your safe from the prying eyes of hackers, you best think again!

The website internetsafety.com has some helpful tips to share, that you can use to help protect yourself, family and your business from unwanted intruders.

Defend your computer - Keep all software current (including your Web browser) with automatic updates and install all security updates. Use antivirus, anti spam, and anti spyware software and activate your firewall with a secure password (more below).

Think before you share sensitive information - Look for signs that a Web page is safe, before you enter sensitive personal or business data–a Web address with https (“s” for secure) and a closed padlock beside it. Never give sensitive info in response to an e-mail or instant message request.

Think before you click - Pause before you open attachments or click links in e-mail or Instant Messages even if you know the sender; they could be phony. Confirm with the sender that the message is real or visit the official Web site by typing the address in yourself.

Be wary of clicking links or buttons in pop-up windows

Use strong passwords - Lock your online accounts, computer, phone, and other devices with passwords at least eight characters (longer is better), and include upper
and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. Keep passwords and PINs secret. Don’t disclose them to coworkers or businesses (like an Internet café operator), or be tricked into giving them away.

Don’t use the same password everywhere - Should be obvious, but happens more often than not.

Protect yourself from e-mail scams - Look out for alarmist messages, misspellings and grammatical errors, deals that sound too good to be true, requests for sensitive info like account numbers, and other signs of a scam. Turn on a filter that warns you of
suspicious Web sites.

Protect your data on the go - When you use public Wi-Fi, choose the most secure option, even if you have to pay for it. It could include password-protection and encryption. Confirm the exact spelling of the wireless network you’re connecting to.
Beware of clever (slightly misspelled) fakes. Encrypt the data on your laptop (or USB flash drive) in case you lose it or it’s stolen.

Guard your laptop, smartphone, and other data storage electronics as carefully as your wallet.

There are bad people on the internet trying to gain access to or to interupt your flow of information everyday, so do your part and protect it!