While the issue of identity theft has been around for the past decade, recent news around the Target® data breach (which affected up to 100 million shoppers over the holiday season), reminds us that the issue is very real, very serious and very current. In a financial environment that rarely includes cash transactions, today more than ever we need to be aware of what constitutes identity theft, how the theft is perpetrated, who is at risk, how to avoid it, and the actions we need to take if we are a victim of this modern day crime.
The threat of identity theft for college students is very real; in fact, this population is among the highest risk groups. Why?
- Their surroundings are often public (think dorms and shared living space)
- Monetary transactions transacted by college age people many times involve electronic means (who carries cash anymore!)
- College age students’ tendency to be intricately interwoven with multiple social media and sharing websites
- Use of multiple devices (tablets, laptops, smartphones- to name a few)
- Minimal financial experience/guidance on how to avoid and take action against this cyber crime
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin
Helping students to understand the facts around identity theft is crucial to ensuring their identity is protected. While the technology industry continues to combat this devastating cyber crime, prevention is key.
Free eBook - Helping Students Avoid Identity Theft
This eBook provides important facts about this ever growing crime, along with simple and practical preventative suggestions. What might seem like common sense (log off your laptop/tablet before you leave the room), isn’t always common practice and often, we learn lessons the hard way. Help your students learn suggested “Do’s and Don’ts” about protecting their identities, as well how to set up early fraud alerts available to them from various sources, and learn about what to do if they find themselves a victim, in order to minimize both the short and long-term damage it can cause.
Download this free eBook now to raise awareness and help to protect your students from identify theft.