SAN JOSE (KCBS) –How cyber-safe is your family or small business? That’s one of the questions that Internet security experts addressed at a Cyber Security Summit at San Jose City Hall.

San Jose City Councilmember Pete Constant knows about security because he used to be a police officer, but this week he’s interested in protecting kids online. To do this, Constant has been travelling from school to school to discuss cyber security.

”What really resonated with the high school students was when we started talking about the tracking features of smart phones, and how somebody can track your whereabouts all day long if you’re on social media checking in all of the time,” said Constant.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

At the City Hall summit experts noted that hackers are going after more than just big businesses and government.

”Churches are getting hit, small universities, and chambers of commerce are getting hit,” said Matthew Todd, president of the San Francisco Chapter of InfraGard, which partners with the FBI to share information about data protection.

”We need to raise the awareness that these things are happening, and that people can take action,” said Todd.

The simplest way to protect yourself, experts say, is keeping your computer updated, and having a security suite running.

October is Cyber Security Awareness month. The events end with a free document shredding this Saturday near Santana Row.

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