Even in a digital paradise, shredding paperwork remains a necessary step for anyone who wants to protect themselves from identity theft. Anything from old receipts to a stray resume can give away far more information than many people realize. Medical documents, vet information, boarding passes, credit reports, and milestone announcements (e.g., weddings, birthdays, etc.) can all be used to infiltrate a person's life without their even realizing it.
Topics: Information Security
Hospitals have always been a target for criminals because they contain untold troves of data that can be used in an infinite number of ways. A healthcare data breach not only gives them access to all kinds of sensitive medical information, but also financial and insurance data that can be used to fuel their scams. In a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, researchers found that hospitals accounted for a third of all breaches, affecting more individuals than any other type of breach. But what may surprise you is that it was paper files and films that were most likely to be stolen, with network servers being the least likely. Learn more about what your risks are and how you can keep medical records safe.