More and more cyber criminals are targeting the healthcare industry and its important to stay aware and take actions to protect yourself. The Internet Crime Complaint Center of the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued an alert on extortion schemes that relate to recent high-profile data thefts. Fraudsters often use the news release of high-profile data breaches to scare victims into clicking on a link received via an e-mail alert.
Protect yourself with these tips from the FBI
- Do not open e-mail or attachments from unknown individuals.
- Monitor your bank account statements regularly, as well and as your credit report at least once a year for any fraudulent activity.
- Do not communicate with the subject.
- Do not store sensitive or embarrassing photos of yourself online or on your mobile devices.
- Use strong passwords and do not use the same password for multiple websites.
- Never provide personal information of any sort via e-mail. Be aware, many e-mails requesting your personal information appear to be legitimate.
- Ensure security settings for social media accounts are turned on and set at the highest level of protection.
- When providing personally identifiable information, credit card information, or other sensitive information to a website, ensure the transmission is secure by verifying the URL prefix includes https, or the status bar displays a “lock” icon.
As cyber attacks in healthcare continue to occur, we encourage you to visit the following pages for additional information and way to protect your healthcare organization.