Local security experts share their advice to help keep your identity safe after a hack

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Cyber security experts will spend Monday looking into who is responsible for the recent online attacks that caused massive internet outages across the country.

The attacks hit major websites such as Amazon, Twitter and Paypal.

Local computer experts say other attacks will likely happen in the future, and you need to be prepared.

Researchers at Ponemon Institute say 47-percent of adults in the U.S. have had their personal information exposed by hackers in the last 12 months.

"Your data is your life," IT director at Networks Plus Jerry Horton said. "Even myself, someone who does security professionally for a living even I have been a victim to this."

The latest attack has many computer experts warning people in the metro how to stay safe online. For users, there is almost nothing you can do about an attack except take good security practices.

"You will be attacked at some point, by something," Horton said. "You just have to set up your posture to protect yourself as well as possible, and when the bad action occurs, have to make sure you were responding to it in a timely and sane manner."

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Steps for good security
1. Identify the threats
2. Protect
3. Detect against threats
4. Respond
5. Recover

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