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How To Reduce Your Risk

Remember to include your USU ID Card and university password among your list of personal data that needs to be monitored against identity theft!

Your USU Card grants accesses your debit accounts, meals, facilities, and events; and servers as your campus identification. Your university strong password grants access to all your personal data, grades, tuition payments, payroll and any other personal record about you at Utah State University. As such, we recommend the following things in helping you protect yourself from identity theft.

Protect Your Personal Information

Don't send personal or financial information via email

Typically, email systems are not encrypted, meaning they aren't secure. It's a good habit to avoid sending any private information, such as SS#s or credit card numbers, via email.

Don't send personal or financial information over unsecure websites

A website is (reasonably) secure if the url begins with https:// and if there is a locked padlock in the bottom right corner of the browser window. This means the data is encrypted after you send it until it reaches its destination.

Protect Your Personal Information on Your Computer

Know what sensitive data is stored on your computer

Identity Finder, Inc. offers a a FREE scanning tools to students to help identity which files and programs are on your machine so you can secure them properly. For more information, visit Identity Finder Inc.

Stay Safe on Public Computers

Close out of browsers

Clear your cache and close out of your browser before you leave a public computer. Browsers keep a history of sites they have visited. Browsers that are left open can allow others access to your personal information.

Beware of the "remember me" option

This option allows internet browsers to remember your login and password to secure sites. Do not use this feature when accessing sites containing restricted or high risk information. In particular, do not use this feature when on a public access computer.

Your Personal Belongings

You need to be aware of your more tangible assets, as well. Don't leave your personal belongings unattended. Your purse, wallet, PDA, phone, laptop, etc., all contain personal information that can be exploited at your expense. Keep these items on your person at all times while you are in public.

Shred documents that could be used to steal your identity, such as credit card offers.

Don't leave mail in an unsecure mailbox - post bills and other financial or sensitive documents in a secure US Post Office box.