Identity theft happens when fraudsters access enough information about someone's identity (such as their name, date of birth, current or previous addresses) to commit identity fraud. Identity theft can have a direct impact on your personal finances and could also make it difficult for you to obtain loans, credit cards or a mortgage until the matter is resolved.
What can I do online to protect myself from identity theft?
Most people are aware that they should protect their information in real life, for example by shredding documents with financial or personal details. However, there are many ways fraudsters can gather this information online as well. Prevent identity theft by:
- University IT Services will NEVER request your password in an email.
- Stop and use common sense - you wouldn't give bank details or a password to a stranger in the street, so don't give this information in response to an email.
- Don't reply to, or click unsubscribe on spam/marketing emails; this just confirms your email address and you'll get more not less - delete the email.
- Don't open attachments or links in emails unless you were expecting the email - delete the email.
- Check that websites are secure before entering personal or financial details
- Alter your privacy settings on social networks