The state of South Carolina could invest another $27 million to protect your identity next year. The proposed budget includes more credit monitoring and stricter cyber security measures for state agencies.
But, unfortunately, hackers are still finding ways to get to you. After all, hackers are still out there, and they're finding newer, younger targets.
Bianca Walker thought her AllSouth account for her kids was safe. It was online, but separate from her own accounts.
"I was saving those accounts for when they go to college, so they can have some college money," said Walker.
But, like so many South Carolinians, Walker found out even if you secure your accounts -- just like securing your house -- if someone's got the right way in, that account is for the taking.
"It needs to be known out there that someone is hacking someone's account," said Walker.
Walker was one of the millions of South Carolinians affected by the Revenue Department breach. She signed up for free credit monitoring, which the state is trying to extend through a proposed $27 million program for the next fiscal year. There's one problem: her kids don't have credit reports.
"It would be simpler if they just did away with all online payments. Period," said Walker, "but that's not gonna happen."
Even with extra protection cyber security is still a huge hurdle for South Carolinians. It's taking over the number of complaints filed to local Better Business Bureau offices.
"We're dealing with a technology that continues to outpace consumer's ability to enjoy it's benefits," said BBB CEO Jim Camp.
And because it can be accessed anywhere, SLED agents say it's tough to pinpoint where hacks or scams or breaches come from. Consider this: the 2012 DOR breach that started the state's scramble for identity protection is still an ongoing investigation 19 months later.
"I just got disgusted," said Walker.
Luckily for Walker, she's getting the money refunded, but she's got a message for whoever hacked her account.
"I want to see them face-to-face to let, you know, you messed with the wrong person," said Walker.
There are still options to protect your privacy from the state following the DOR breach. CSID is still allowing enrollment for protection free of charge until October of this year.
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