Identity theft is a growing risk due to an increased interest in online banking, social networking sites, mobile downloads, online gaming, and other popular online activities. Gaining a better awareness of your level of exposure and adopting Healthy Computing practices are steps you can take to reduce your risk to identity theft.
Stay Safe Online, powered by the National Cyber Security Alliance, offers an online identity risk calculator designed to help you discover how your online activities may potentially make you more vulnerable to identity theft.
- Saving passwords on your computer may be convenient, but it also opens up your computer to vulnerabilities, including identity theft. Reduce your risks by following these step-by-step instructions
- Mac: Keychain
- Windows: Credentials – Remove stored passwords, certificates, and credentials
- Never share passwords, your social security number, date-of-birth, or other personal information through email
- Ask yourself if sharing personal information on social networking sites with your 327 “friends” is really the safest thing for you to do – do you really want all of them, and their 418 “friends”, to know you are on vacation and your house is empty?
- That sweepstakes or free gift you just won that sounds too good to be true, could arrive with a price tag of a trojan horse, computer virus, or other form of malware when you enter your contact information
As always, let us know what’s on your mind when it comes to Healthy Computing by contacting us at HelpDesk@depauw.edu or (765) 658-4294.