IDENTITY THIEVES LOVE COLLEGE KIDS — STUDENTS HAVE A LOT ON THEIR MINDS,
THEY’RE NOT NECESSARILY AWARE OF THE LONG-TERM REPERCUSSIONS OF IDENTITY
FRAUD AND THEY’RE LESS LIKELY TO PROTECT THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION.
• Buy a paper shredder, and put it
to good use — Immediately shred bills and
pre-approved credit card offers rather than
tossing them in the trash.
• Watch your Wi-Fi connection — Public
Wi-Fi connections are convenient and readily
available, but they’re also easily hacked. Check
your bank account, shop online and pay bills on
encrypted, password-protected networks or on a
Virtual Private Network. Additionally, make sure
individual websites are secure by looking for
“https” in the URLs.
• Be careful on social media — Update
the privacy settings on all of your accounts so
strangers can’t view posts and information on
your profi le, and don’t click links sent to you
unless you know for sure they were intentionally
shared by someone you trust.
• Keep tabs on your electronic devices —
Don’t store personal information on your
smartphone, laptop and tablet, and encrypt all
data. Never leave your devices unattended.
• Leave important documents at home —
If you must bring your Social Security card, birth
certifi cate or other sensitive paperwork with you,
lock it in a secure spot. Additionally, have your mail
sent to your parents’ house rather than your dorm.