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UnityPoint Health sends out letters to those impacted by security breach

PEORIA - You may want to check your mail.

Patients are starting to receive letters saying they're impacted by a security breach at UnityPoint Health.

Hackers could now have access to social security numbers, drivers license numbers, and medical records.

Victims of the phishing attack are now left with the question: "what am I supposed to do next?"

Security analyst Eric English to not solely rely on the company to fix the problems, but rather take steps to combat these issues yourself.

He says its better to be proactive than reactive.

“You really have to watch your credit," says English, "You have to monitor charges on your account. If your credit score starts dipping out of nowhere, somebody can open up a loan or an account in your name that you may not know about. You constantly have to be on the lookout for signs that you’ve been a victim.”

English also added the importance of changing your online passwords every three months.

He says the security breach may not effect you for weeks, months, or even a few years, but that doesn't mean a threat is not still possible down the line. Therefore monitoring your credit score and online information is important is deeply important.

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