Last year, more than 6,000 Michigan residents were victims of cyber crimes.

As more residents, businesses, schools, and organizations go online during the pandemic, officials want people to be able to protect themselves from online threats.

State officials are reminding residents and businesses to take the steps necessary to avoid cyber crimes.

The Michigan State Police wants to help everyone avoid cyber criminals with simple steps like changing passwords, being aware of scams on social media, and reminding you kids how to stay safe when they go online.

MSP says as we increase the amount of connected devices we use throughout our lives, we need to stay vigilant because cyber crimes can be a very real threat to all of us.