In just over a month, the first votes will be cast for the next president of the United States. When Iowa voters caucus on February 1, the long list of hopefuls will start winnowing down to a handful of would-be presidents.
No doubt, you've already been bombarded with political ads on TV. More irritating than those are all the pre-recorded phone calls you're getting from presidential hopefuls, and flyers in your mailbox. You might be wondering, "How did they get my address?"
As it turns out, your voter registration may have been leaked, along with the information of 191 million other American voters. If you've voted in an election since 2000, your personal information may be at risk.
Some of your personal information may be available to anyone who wants to use it, thanks to a badly managed voter database, according to cybersecurity researchers. They say voters' state voter IDs, mailing addresses and party affiliations may have been inadvertently exposed.
You can imagine how all this voter information could be valuable to political campaigns that need your vote. But, more frightening, cybersecurity experts say your voter information, including where you live, could be available to criminals. If this information ends up in the wrong hands, it could be dangerous.
Note: Did you know that some states, like Alaska, Colorado and others, have few restrictions on who can access your voter information?
Cybersecurity experts are trying to track down how this voter database information was leaked. Keep reading Happening Now for updates on your voter information, and whether it's being protected or not.
In the meantime, make sure you keep your online identify safe. Visit the Komando Security Center often for information on protecting yourself, including tips for hiding yourself online. You'll also find suggestions for anti-virus software, creating strong passwords, and much more.