3 Things to Look Out for If You’re a Victim of the Premera Breach

Identity Theft

3 Things to Look Out for If You’re a Victim of the Premera Breach

3 Things to Look Out for If You’re a Victim of the Premera Breach

Premera Blue Cross, a health insurer serving patients in Washington and Alaska, announced Tuesday it was the target of a cyberattack that accessed millions of customers’ personal, financial and medical information. An investigation reportedly discovered the attack began May 5, 2014. According to its website, Premera Blue Cross serves 1.8 million people in the U.S., though… Read More

What’s the Most Dangerous Kind of Identity Theft?

Identity Theft

What’s the Most Dangerous Kind of Identity Theft?

What’s the Most Dangerous Kind of Identity Theft?

Like the thieves behind the crime, identity theft can take on many disguises depending on the information stolen. When identity theft goes undetected, these crimes can not only cost victims their money, but also their health and well-being. It’s nearly impossible to avoid identity theft, but awareness and vigilance are key to fixing the problem… Read More

4 Things Your Doctor Doesn’t Need to Know

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4 Things Your Doctor Doesn’t Need to Know

4 Things Your Doctor Doesn’t Need to Know

Watch an episode of SVU, Law & Order or CSI on TV, and you’re bound to hear about doctor-patient confidentiality in hushed, almost reverent terms. Go to a new doctor’s office and, amidst all the other paperwork, you’ll be asked to sign a form enumerating your federally-mandated medical privacy rights. Call a hospital to check… Read More

3 Reasons Your Medical Records Are at Risk

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3 Reasons Your Medical Records Are at Risk

3 Reasons Your Medical Records Are at Risk

When hospitals find themselves in the middle of a breach, they usually prioritize improving their security to prevent further security breach incidents. In addition to defending themselves against data breaches, health systems also need to find the right balance to adequately protect their patients’ privacy. Since medical information is stored digitally, patients may not be fully aware how… Read More

The Biggest Data Breach of 2014 Threatens Kids

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The Biggest Data Breach of 2014 Threatens Kids

The Biggest Data Breach of 2014 Threatens Kids

While 2013 rounded out the year with some pretty astounding data breaches (i.e. Target and Neiman Marcus), 2014 is already chock full of more compromised information. And the biggest breach of the year so far is due to a government error. The personal information of more than 48,000 North Carolina children was compromised when their… Read More

Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?

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Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?

Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?

It’s the biggest change in health care in nearly half a century, and perhaps unsurprisingly it’s already become a tool for scammers. Though open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) doesn’t begin until Oct. 1, scam artists – masquerading as government representatives — have tricked a number of consumers into coughing up personal… Read More

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