Cyber threats hit Winn. Co. on daily basis, officials say

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- As Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker proclaims October as cyber security awareness month, local IT officials say cyber threats pose issues almost daily.

Gus Gentner, Winnebago County's Chief Information officer, says there has been one cyber threat daily to the county over the past year.

Gentner says nearly 80 percent of mail is potentially hazardous. He suggests people use strong passwords, avoid clicking on anything that seem suspicious and updating anti-virus software.

"So many of us register at websites, whether it's Nordstrom's, CostCo, or legitimate places of business as well as social media," says Gentner. "Using the same username and password combination at every website we register is hazardous."