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Personal Security in a Digital World Workshops at Gaston College

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States, with $16 billion stolen from an Male pointing at computer iconsestimated 15.4 million consumers in 2016. In that year, the state of North Carolina ranked 26th nationwide in the number of complaints per 100,000 population. To educate you on how to protect your children, your money, and your identity in today’s online world, Gaston College is offering Personal Security in a Digital World, a series of three workshops presented on the Dallas campus of the College.

The workshop series will be led by Nick Edwards, Dean of Business and Information Technology. “According to the NC Department of Justice, 2,600 reported security breaches led to more than 7 million North Carolinians being at risk for identity theft,” he said. “The Gastonia/Charlotte/Concord region is listed in the top 150 metropolitan areas in the U.S. for identity theft. These workshops are designed to help everyday citizens protect themselves and their families from cybercrime.”

The workshops are as follows: (Full Workshop Flyer)

Workshop 1: Identity Theft Protection

Date and Time: Monday, April 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn the latest strategies to ensure your private information is protected from unauthorized access. Topics covered include:

  • Online banking
  • Online bill pay
  • Credit report monitoring
  • Unwanted phone solicitation
  • Email security

Workshop 2: Home and Personal Internet Security

Date and Time: Monday, April 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

You will learn methods for securing your internet activity at home and on the go. Don’t depend on the cable or cell phone company representative to secure your home network or phone – learn to be the protector of your own data. Topics include:

  • Cell phone safety
  • Amazon Alexis and Google Home
  • Securing your internet feed from prying eyes

Workshop 3: Social Media Security

Date and Time: Monday, May 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter, online dating, and many more, are saturated with scams. Daily social media users are twice as likely as occasional users to become victims of scams. In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to spot a scam
  • How to keep your children and family safe
  • How to safely and securely navigate today’s social media world

The cost for each workshop is $35. All workshops meet in Room 159 of the Comer Engineering Technologies (CET) Building on the Dallas campus of Gaston College.

Students should bring a notebook and a pen or pencil to the workshop, and should be prepared with questions related to the workshop topics.

Workshop registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. It is necessary to pre-register and pre-pay for the Personal Security in a Digital World workshops. To register online, go to WebAdvisor at, and follow the links for Continuing Education and Register and Pay for Continuing Education Classes.

Walk-in registration is also available at the CE Registration Department on the 2nd floor of the Myers Center building on the Dallas campus at 201 Highway 321 South. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about the workshops, email the Gaston College Continuing Education Department at or call, 704.922.2424.

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