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Local experts weigh in on the Anthem cyber attack

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In technology matters, yet another cyber-attack and this one hits home for potentially millions of Californians. <br /><br />Health insurer Anthem e-mailed customers and staff today they have been compromised by what they are calling a sophisticated hack. The full extent of what was taken and how many are affected is not known, but a local expert on cyber security says whether you are an Anthem customer or not, it’s time to take steps to protect yourself. <br /><br />Cyber theft has struck one of its biggest and most vulnerable targets yet. Health insurer Anthem admitted that the personal information of as many as 80 million Americans has been compromised. <br /><br />Current and former Anthem customers and employees are affected nationwide, including here in California. <br /><br />Jennifer Neeley is a digital strategist in Fresno. She says there are steps that should be taken immediately. <br /><br />&quot;If you can log-in, change the password. That’s the number one thing you can do,&quot; Neeley said. <br /><br />Companies in the health industry have been warned for years about risks to their cyber security, but Neeley says the danger is there for any online account you have, anywhere. <br /><br />&quot;If Anthem, which is a Hippa-secured site, can be hacked into, then that just reinforces how anything can be hacked into,&quot; Neeley said. <br /><br />She says password security is the best and easiest way to protect yourself. She recommends using different passwords for different accounts, not using personal information for your password and also says to never store your passwords on your smart phone, at least not without using a secure app. <br /><br />&quot;It is increasingly difficult and stressful for us to keep all our passwords straight and what we’re logging into and where and why. Utilize a tool like Last Pass,&quot; she added. <br /><br />Last Pass secures and remembers your passwords for you, where you are on your computer or smartphone. <br /><br />Some good news at this time, Anthem does not believe any credit card or specific medical information was stolen.<br /><br /></div>

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