ANCHOR LEAD: The holiday season is a time for giving. But, for cybercriminals 'tis the season of taking. Data breach instances have increased 23 percent in 2014 and a new survey finds many Americans are worried about what the future holds. Brian Osuch has more. (:60)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. A new survey from University of Phoenix finds only half of adults in the U.S. trust the retail industry with their personal data. University of Phoenix's Dr. Kirsten E. Hoyt says there are some things you can do to protect yourself while shopping online this holiday season.
CUT: (Dr. Hoyt) Choose quality passwords with letters, numbers and characters and change them often. This makes it harder for fraudsters to access your accounts. Be especially careful of emails with attachments and links. Sometimes those contain viruses or malware giving cybercriminals access to your accounts. Also, when you're using any credit card online, look for the lock in your browser. The Padlock indicates you're in a secure connection.
SCRIPT: While the reliance on the Internet continues to grow, Dr. Hoyt says we need to prepare a pipeline of professionals equipped to preserve online integrity.
CUT: (Dr. Hoyt) At University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology, we are working to accomplish this by offering a number for cyber security certificate programs that can be taken as stand alone or en-route to an IT degree.
SCRIPT: For more, go to Phoenix.edu/technology. That's Newsbreak from University of Phoenix.
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