Whenever you connect to the internet, you are given an address that servers use to identify your computer, and where you are connecting from.
They use your IP address to send and receive information to your computer whenever you connect to the server, whether that is a website or a health care network server.
This IP address is comparable to your home address, in that it is used to make sure the data you’re requesting from the server you’re connected to ends up at the proper destination.
Online health care resources, such as health care networks, utilize servers that allow you to submit your personal information to claim benefits, schedule appointments, sign up for insurance and more.
This is a problem because as your information is being sent and received, hackers can spy on your connection and intercept the information to steal your personal identity.
Most people that are connected to the internet do not give their personal security a second thought and will submit highly sensitive information without realizing they’re at risk.
Often, health care services will require you to submit all the information a hacker needs to steal your identity and usually require you to submit it more than one time.
The more you’re entering your personal information while you’re connected to the internet means you’re giving hackers even more opportunities to steal your identity.
If you want to easily make sure that you are anonymous and your connection is encrypted and secure while you’re online, you will want to connect through a Virtual Private Network service.