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Cyber Security Threats Surface Over Healthcare Website

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - As the president's administration tries to work out sign-up kinks in the ObamaCare website, Congressman Mike Rogers adds another element of concern over security.

From logging on to signing up, ever since the government launched the national healthcare exchange, it's been plagued with problems. But lawmakers say the glitches don't end there.

"The way the system is designed, it is not secure," said Rogers.

Rogers told CNN on Sunday he's worried the healthcare.gov website compromises private data and there's no real plan in place to keep information safe.

 

"They do not have an over-arching, solid cyber security plan to prevent the loss of private information," he says.

However, the Department of Health and Human Services, which runs the website, says they have a robust security monitoring system and strategies for fighting data breaches.

While local web security experts say all websites are subject to some form security risk, healthcare.gov is just as safe as any other.

 

If you're still leery, there are steps you can take to protect your personal information. "In the upper left-hand corner of the web browser, it will turn green. It will say https instead of http. And that means that there's a security certificate installed and that means the traffic that's going that you're entering your personal information is encrypted between your computer and the website," said Jeff McWherter, a partner at Gravity Works.

Experts say if you don't see the green signal, your information could be at risk.

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