Computer crimes on the rise

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Wed, May 28 2014 at 6:19 PM, Updated: Wed, May 28 2014 at 9:54 PM

Medford, Ore. -- New numbers show almost half of American adults have been victims of computer hackers over the past year.

According to the numbers reported by CNN Money, hackers have exposed the personal information of 110 million Americans in just the past 12 months.

Service Manager at Connecting Point Computer Centers, Jason Kellogg, said he's not surprised. The more we live our lives online, the more susceptible we are to having personal information stolen from us.

"Criminals are going to find different avenues to get what they need to get, so currently the easiest way is to find their way into customer databases and steal information," said Kellogg.

And from the massive eBay customer credential hack and Target data breaches it seems like hackers are getting smarter.

But Kellogg said there are ways we can protect ourselves from becoming victims by never responding to emails asking for personal information and protecting our computers with anti-virus software. Another red flag is when emails that start with 'Dear eBay user' or 'Dear Microsoft user' request personal information or passwords.

Kellogg said if a big company like eBay or Microsoft wanted to communicate with you they would address you by your first and last name.

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Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

She loves skiing and live concerts!

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