Cybercriminals are attacking more than 401,000 IRAs and Roth IRAs, as well as Self-Directed Gold IRAs, in an effort to steal your money. To protect your savings, here are some simple tips. MINNEAPOLIS If you have money in a retirement account, you may be at risk. Financial advisors say that hacks against 401Ks, Self-Directed Gold IRAs, and other retirement accounts are on the rise. Before investing in a Self-Directed Gold IRA or any other type of retirement plan, there are best practices consumers can employ to protect their personal information (and, in some cases, their hard-earned retirement savings).It is especially up to the IRA depositary to ensure that they have security measures in place to prevent fraudulent activities and customer identity theft.