CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Any security breach of private information should be an opportunity for all of us to make sure we're properly protecting our privacy.
That's the warning from WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton.
She reminds us of this in the wake of "The Panama Papers". 11.5 million documents were leaked anonymously from a prominent Panama-based law firm that helped create shell companies for the world's rich and famous. 200 countries are mentioned in the papers along with 140 public officials. There are no Americans on the list but the investigation continues.
There are legal and legitimate reasons for offshore companies and a name or company in the documents does not necessarily indicate illegal activity. However, this has implications for your personal and private data at your doctor's office, dentist, etc. Theresa's advice follows:
You cannot assume that your data can be sheltered or protected so take extra steps to protect your information:
1. use a separate email address with each relationship you have that is personal and confidential
2. ask what the security measures are to protect your data
3. ask what their data breach notification process is so you have advance warning