Such a vast amount of information is shared via technology...names, addresses, family members, ordering history, etc. If you use any type of device it is important to be aware that there is the huge possibility that some of your information can be captured and used in a way that it was not intended. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and we should all take some time to see what steps can be taken to help protect your valued information. Learn how you can get involved to stay safer online.
Medical identity theft, is another identity that can be of great interest to cyber thieves. Although providers of medical care take great efforts to help ensure the individual receiving care is who they say they are, medical identity theft is big business generating big bucks for those involved. It is a good idea to periodically check your information. On a hospital emergency room visit I discovered my information had been used by someone other than myself. As I registered at the facility which I had never received service, to my surprise my name was already in their system. The date of birth and work history was incorrect. This type of theft left uncorrected can not only be a costly mistake but can impact your care in the future. Visit the National Trade Commission page to learn more about medical identity theft.
The days of paper is quickly coming to an end so it is up to all of us to be informed and watchful.