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Internet Security and Identity Theft. Brad Weaver • January 17, 2007. What is Identity Theft?. Theft of personal information (SSN, credit card, account information) Information is used to commit fraud Theft from existing accounts Creation of new accounts. General Precautions.

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Internet security and identity theft

Internet Security and Identity Theft

Brad Weaver • January 17, 2007


What is identity theft
What is Identity Theft?

  • Theft of personal information (SSN, credit card, account information)

  • Information is used to commit fraud

  • Theft from existing accounts

  • Creation of new accounts


General precautions
General Precautions

  • Take responsibility for your personal info

  • Monitor account activity

  • Shred financial documents

  • Don’t give out personal info over phone/email/Internet

  • Check credit report annually (www.AnnualCreditReport.com)


Identifying email scams
Identifying Email Scams

  • “You’ve Been Phished” video

  • Adopt a suspicious attitude

  • Email messages and web sites are easy to spoof (let’s see how easy…)

  • Never send personal information in response to an email message

  • Check with the Help Desk if in doubt


Staying safe online
Staying Safe Online

  • Choose good passwords

  • Use different usernames and passwords for different systems

  • Keep software up-to-date

  • Run spyware (SpySweeper, Microsoft Windows Defender) and antivirus (Norton, McAfee) software


Protecting your family
Protecting Your Family

  • StaySafeOnline.org

  • GetNetWise.org

  • Consider filtering/control programs (CyberPatrol, NetNanny)


If you re a victim
If You’re a Victim

  • FTC has excellent online resources

  • If SSN is involved, place an Initial Fraud Alert with any of the 3 credit reporting agencies

  • Close affected accounts

  • Monitor credit report frequently during the first year

  • File reports with police, FTC


As wabash employees
As Wabash Employees…

  • Treat personal information from current and prospective students, alumni, and parents with care

  • Shred documents with personal information

  • Don’t share account information

  • Be alert for fraudulent calls

  • Report loss or theft of personal info immediately


Online resources
Online Resources

  • IT Services Security Web Page (www.wabash.edu/technology/security)

  • FTC (ftc.gov/idtheft)

  • Let’s Review


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