Becoming ever more and more prevalent, identity theft is when someone other than you uses your personal identifying information to commit fraud or a crime. This information most commonly can be your name, social security number and bank account information. Identity theft can result in long hours of research to recover from the theft and costly expenses to do so. You want to make sure you do everything you can do not become a victim of identity theft.
You can protect yourself from identity theft by following several measures:
Always use a strong password that uses numbers, letters and symbols.
Do not carelessly discard paperwork that possesses personally identifiable information such as social security numbers, bank accounts or credit card information.
Do not share your password with anyone.
Be wary of sending personal information via e-mail.
While using a website, look for https in the address when submitting private information. This ensures the connection is encrypted.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published an extensive web site with an incredible amount of resources on identity theft. They also offer an online security portal called OnGuard Online to help educate and offer advice to protect against online fraud. The FTC has a short video that is very informative on Identity theft. Please take a moment to view it here.
To avoid becoming a victim of identity theft you should never provide any private personal information unless you are positive it is required to do so. It is also recommended to review your credit report at least once per year. If you find anything that does not look correct you could be a victim of identity theft.
Report any discrepancies immediately.
Please contact the Office of Information Security if you have any questions or concerns about Identity theft.