Thursday February 12, 2015

Tech Thursday: Protect Your Identity

IdentityIn light of the recent Anthem breach, here are some things you can do to protect yourself, as well as your spouse and dependents, against identity/credit card fraud:

Secure Your Computer
  • Keep your computer (as well as tablets and smart phones) patched – that includes the operating system as well as 3rd party applications
  • Run an antivirus client
  • Enable the built-in firewall
  • Create a standard user account for everyday use and use the administrator account only when necessary
  • Watch out for phishing attacks – emails asking you to reply with sensitive information, open up a malicious attachments or directing you to visit suspicious websites
Use Strong Passwords

Use a strong password for your important accounts.  You can check your password(s) securely at https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/pc-security/password-checker.aspx

  • Consider separate passwords for your important accounts
  • If multi-factor authentication is available, take advantage of it
Review Your Financial Information
  • Review billing and banking statements carefully for unauthorized activity
  • Review your credit reports quarterly at https://annualcreditreport.com
  • If you notice anything suspicious, contact your bank, card issuer or credit agency and  correct it immediately
Additional information may be found in the references below.  While the first was written in 2008, the information is still pertinent; the only thing that really needs update is how much more frequent breaches of personal information have become.  If you want more information on any of the above or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the UD Help Desk at 937-229-3888 or email at helpdesk@udayton.edu
References: 
http://guides.wsj.com/personal-finance/credit/how-to-protect-yourself-from-identity-theft/
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft
https://www.udayton.edu/udit/accounts_access/info_security.php

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