Whether it be personal health or online security, privacy is important to ensure people feel safe and can trust others with their information.
We take our individual privacy for granted and it’s easy to believe that our history and data will always be safe inside our devices, however with everything becoming more technologically advanced it would be easy to discover someone’s data.
With health and sickness a top priority right now it can be easy to forget the privacy we are allowed to have. Under HIPAA our health information and who else can know that information is protected. This prevents people from being able to discover other health concerns and confidentiality between patients and doctors. Without HIPAA someone who you don’t want to have access to your medical records could potentially find out information about your health.
HIPAA prevents workplaces and educators from telling others about sickness or disability that could cause peers to feel differently about you. It is important that when we tell a boss or professor that we are not feeling well, we feel comfortable trusting them to ensure our privacy.
With more technological advancements and medical groups shifting to telehealth and online platforms. Medical records and patient health data is also being transferred digitally. If you have your healthcare providers app on your phone, that means you can quickly access your medical information with ease. You can also contact your doctor easier than ever through telehealth options.
Being able to access your data is great, however, if it falls into the wrong person’s hands or is hacked due to poor cybersecurity that all the information within your phone or cloud is up for grabs, including your private health information.
This is why cybersecurity is more important than ever. With more information being digitized daily it’s imperative we know about ways to protect ourselves from our information being stolen, leaked or hacked. It’s not something we ever think about until it’s too late which is why it’s important to take the time now to prevent you from cyber data and personal information from being used against you.
Using methods like two-factor authentication, connecting to secure wifi and not clicking on suspicious links or scams are simple measures to take to prevent your devices from becoming susceptible to hacking.
It’s not every day that you could potentially lose privacy to your personal data through a lack of cybersecurity, but you can be knowledgeable with those that trust you with your personal information every day. You can protect yourself from losing your privacy by maintaining proper cybersecurity.