BBB warns about identity theft and Healthcare.gov

Print
Email
|

by DIANNE GALLAGHER / WCNC

WCNC

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 9:23 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Experts are worried users could run into additional problems once they finally are able to log onto Healthcare.gov. 

"Healthcare.gov has had a number of issues based on how it was built out. So is one of those other issues the security protocols and encryption? Right now that is the question," said Tom Bartholomey, of the Better Business Bureau. 

He noted that users must enter personal information like Social Security and Medicaid numbers, as well as bank account information.

"You've got to know hackers and scammers are trying to figure out a way because of the treasure trove of information that's there. It's an identity thief's dream," explained Bartholomey. 

The government has said more than a dozen unsuccessful hacking attempts have been made on Healthcare.gov.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has hired a hacker to search for holes in the system. 

Bartholomey said people should look for "HTTPS" or the little lock on the address bar, to make sure it is not a dummy site.  He also suggests monitoring your bank accounts and credit reports after signing up on the website. 

Print
Email
|
 
News Video
More Video