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Cyber Security Awareness Month - Identity Theft

10/19/11

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal identifying information, such as your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.  The Federal Trade Commission estimates that over 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year.  

Today, many criminals attempt to obtain your personal data via phishing scams.  Learn more about phishing scams and how you can stay protected.  

In addition, using downloads and phishing scams, criminals may try to install dangerous software on your computer.  This software is capable of monitoring your activity, as well as stealing sensitive information.  To protect against such attacks, be sure to install the latest version of your security software and be skeptical before clicking on any links.  Members of the BC community can visit www.bc.edu/software to install security software for free!

The Federal Trade Commission’s message on identity theft is Deter, Detect, Defend.

  • DETER identity thieves by safeguarding your information
  • DETECT suspicious activity by routinely monitoring your financial accounts and billing statements
  • DEFEND against ID theft as soon as you suspect a problem

While there is no foolproof way to completely protect yourself from identity theft, you can take steps to lessen the risk of your being a victim, and, if you are a victim, lessen the damage identity theft can cause.

 





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