Have you been HACKED?

computerHackers create opportunities to steal your personal information.  With the recent news of Medical laboratory operator, Quest Diagnostics, Inc.  having it’s network hacked through an internet application, which exposed the personal health information of about 34,000 people, it is important that you protect yourself.  Here are a few suggestions on how to keep your information private.
  1. Never click on links in emails from people you don’t know.  If the offer is too good to be true, it is not true.  You can’t believe how many people respond to those Nigerian Princesses.  Hackers place viruses or spyware on your computer through these types of links.
  2. Never provide or confirm personal information such as social security numbers, passwords, bank account numbers, etc through unsolicited emails from any source, including banking establishments, credit card companies, IRS, etc. Directly call the local bank branch, the IRS or the number on the back of your credit card to provide any update of your information.
  3. Check credit card and bank statements frequently for any unusual activity.
  4. Don’t conduct financial transactions, or credit card purchases on line when you are on public Wi-Fi.  Many of us connect to the internet on public Wi-Fi at restaurants,  grocery stores,  coffee shops, etc.  these locations are not always secure and there is a risk of hackers waiting to steal your passwords and personal information.
  5. Only give credit card information, or account information on a secure website.  Secure websites are indicated by https:
Be aware and if you have questions about identity theft or you are not sure if it’s a scam, please give us a call 800-330-HELP.