SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Prilock Security, an innovator in online security awareness training, today announced it has created a personal security checklist and outlined ten detailed steps for compromised Anthem customers to help protect their identity and reduce current and future damages. The recent incident at Anthem has exposed the data of up to 80 million customers and unfortunately, this captured data will be used to perpetrate identity theft. This can include: filing fraudulent tax returns, opening new accounts that can be maxed out in hours, using medical ID account numbers to purchase drugs and services, and other innovative ways to profit from people’s hard earned credit and trustworthiness.
Anthem disclosed the breach may have exposed full names, Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses, email and employment information, including income data. Below are ten steps that will help Anthem customers better protect themselves from crippling identity theft. Prilock Security provides additional, highly-detailed information and explanations for each of the following steps at www.prilock.com.
- Expect to receive phishing emails and phone calls using social engineering starting immediately. Initiate ALL contact with your accounts yourself. Never click a link or dial a phone number given to you by phone or email.
- You can no longer trust the senders email address, caller ID for calls or text messages, or instant message ID. They can all be spoofed or faked.
- Sign up for free credit monitoring offered by Anthem.
- Change passwords, email and login usernames for all accounts associated with your Anthem account. Use the checklist at www.prilock.com to get organized.
- Activate two-factor authentication at all accounts where it is available.
- Place a credit freeze or fraud alert ASAP with the credit bureaus. See the full report for more details.
- Set alerts on your charge accounts and check balances often.
- Review all your social media accounts and review your privacy settings. Eliminate information that can be used to impersonate you.
- Keep an eye on the trash, sent folders in your email account.
- File your taxes ASAP. If the hacker beats you to it get ready for a lot of work.
The hack affected a wide variety of Anthem brands, including Anthem Blue Cross; Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia; Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Amerigroup; Caremore; Unicare; Healthlink; and DeCare. Both present and past clients’ information was stored on these servers. Even people who haven’t been with one of these companies in a long time could still be affected.
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Prilock provides professional online security education to small and medium size businesses and is the first to offer this training directly to individuals. Prilock’s team has extensive experience securing commercial, federal, military and classified networks from cyber criminals. For more information including free programs to improve your safety online visit www.prilock.com