From a News Release by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urges businesses and individuals to vigilantly safeguard personal information in this week’s recognition of National Data Privacy Day, Jan. 28. 

“No information or network is completely safe from falling into the hands of hackers,” said Attorney General Morrisey. “That’s why it’s so important for both businesses and individuals to make sure they do everything necessary to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Many business and day-to-day transactions require the exchange of personal information, which means information is potentially available for hackers to access and use for nefarious purposes.  

The Attorney General urges businesses to take steps to protect their information as well as any collected customer data. Those steps could include the following:

Consumers can also do their part by not clicking on unfamiliar links or attachments, not doing personal business on public or unsecure Wi-Fi and never giving out personal information without verifying the authenticity of the recipient.

Consumers who believe they have been a victim of identity theft can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.