More and more, nurses are applying for their next jobs online. Disclosing your sensitive personal information over the Internet does put you at risk for a data hack from a malicious attacker, but there are steps you can take to make applying for your job safer.
While most online transactions, including job applications, are generally safe and secure, the fact remains that there are people out there who do nothing more than try to find a way to snatch your personal and financial data. In 2014, there were 317 million new pieces of malware created, and that number is expected to grow each year that goes by, according to an Internet Security Threat Report by Symantec.
Identity theft is a valid concern. The U.S. Department of Justice refers to identity theft and identity fraud as crimes in which someone gains access to and uses another person’s personal information in a fraudulent or deceptive way and for economic gain. This can lead to loans being taken out in your name, credit card debt and bankruptcy, all of which can result in disastrous personal financial loss and a severe mental toll. [Read more…]