At Komando.com, we're always telling you to protect yourself when you're online. Too often, cybercriminals steal your ID and financial information by hacking into your computer, or tricking you into handing over your information with a phishing email scam.
But, sometimes criminals steal your personal information the old-fashioned way. That recently happened at a university hospital, where medical information for 29,000 patients was stolen.
That information, including patient names, phone numbers, and medical record numbers, was on a USB flash drive. Patients at the Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital are being informed about the breach.
The flash drive included spreadsheets that were not secured using encryption. Encryption locks your information behind a password. Note: Click here to find out how you can create super-tough passwords.
The information on the flash drive had one year's worth of patient information on it. A letter from the hospital is going out to patients.