The increasing threat from cyber criminals is why, for the past eight years, Texas State has marked National Cyber Security Awareness Month with a full day of information.
"Everyone's a target,” Texas State Information Security Officer Lori McElroy said. “This is one of the fastest growing crimes, and it has been for over a decade."
McElroy says everyone needs to protect their information.
"The information you need to be worried about protecting is your personal, identifiable information," she said.
Experts say that birthdays, addresses and social security numbers are obvious targets.
"Everybody can be a victim of it and all it takes is one little thing for somebody to neglect or to forget about or not know about, so that their information will be exposed,” Jose Garcia of Randolf-Brooks Federal Credit Union said.
Experts say as we become even more connected, everything that accesses the internet can be a target. That includes cars, televisions and the little computers you likely carry with you everywhere you go.
"What are the threats we're faced with today and how do we protect ourselves against those," McElroy said. "One of the simplest things that you can do as just an average person is always put lock on your smart device."
As more and more of our lives become connected with our phones, that simple step could help prevent a lot problems.
If you'd like more information about cyber security and the things you can do to protect yourself go to staysafeonline.org.