Experts talk about what can be done to protect yourself against hackers


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Hackers have been attacking the accounts of politicians, Hollywood personalities, and athletes. They have posted their emails and health records on the internet.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell had his email account hacked and his opinions of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton became public.

John Sancenito is a security expert with Information Network Associates in Harrisburg. He says this trend will continue.

“People have to assume their emails are not safe,” Sancenito said. “It is foolish to think you can’t get hacked.”

Sancenito says people need to take more ownership in their cyber safety.

“People need to stop using the same passwords and usernames for all of their accounts,” he said. “They need to take the time to mix them up.”

Sancenito says people need to use encrypted emails.

“It is not a guarantee that you will not be hacked,” he said, “but it offers more protections.”

Recently, the health records of athletes have been posted.

Sancenito says there are hackers who believe the information of famous people should be made public. He says health records of everyday people is big business among thieves because they have all the necessary information needed to steal someone’s identity.

He recommends that people monitor their credit reports on a regular basis.

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