Tips for College Students to Deter Identity Theft


With the start of the school year quickly approaching, the PrivacyGuard team would like to offer tips to college students to prevent Identity Theft.   Research from Javelin Research & Strategy identifies 18-24 year olds as consumers who are most likely to engage in risky electronic behavior, so college students should definitely be mindful of their online behavior while at school!

 Tip #1:  Use a Strong Password on Your Computer

 The use of a strong login password on a computer is a way to prevent fraud from occurring in a dormitory setting.  Doing so can prevent roommates and strangers alike from logging on to a potential victim’s computer.  We recommend using passwords with upper and lower case letters, mixed with numbers and symbols. 

 Tip #2:  Protect Your Computer with Antivirus Software

 Be certain to install antivirus software and to regularly update it to protect your computer from online threats. This is particularly important as universities move their data to the cloud, and continual connectivity to the internet becomes more prevalent in day to day studies. 

 I was required to update my antivirus software every semester while I attended college.  Even if your University doesn’t require it, we highly recommend updating the software on your own!

 Tip #3   Don’t Transact Over Public Wi-Fi

 While Public Wi-Fi offers an exceptional degree of convenience, it’s important to realize that thieves are able to intercept information being sent over the technology. Students are discouraged from sending any personal information, from credit/debit card numbers to social security numbers via public Wi-Fi.

As a college student, it is nearly impossible to follow this piece of advice, but it is an important factor to keeping your identity safe at school!


We have mentioned University Data Breaches before in our blog, so we know that they do occasionally occur.  Don’t let yourself become a victim! Be sure to check out our previous series for college kids, and de mindful of protecting your identity when returning to campus this fall!


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Digitally Erased

If you have a few minutes, head over to Wired and read about how one of their folks suffered from an unbelievable hack.

And after that, at the very least, change your passwords.

Olympics and Data Breach?


An article from the United Kingdom’s The Telegraph, warns our friends in the UK of the possibility of a data breach during the Olympics.  Many employees are working from home during the Olympic games, and are being cautioned to safeguard private company information.  The article suggests not printing off confidential information from laptops or computers at home, and using email or digital storage devices that are password protected. 


Although we can't say for certain ID theft will rise because of the Olympics, we want to remind our friends in the UK to be vigilant while homeworking is on the rise. 

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