Information Security at the University of Hawai‘i

Identity: Protect who you Are

Identity theft is a real threat; it can happen to anyone and may be challenging for victims to deal with the fallout. According to the US Department of Justice, over 17 million Americans fell victim to identity theft in 2014. In addition to that, 21% of student online accounts are hacked and 14% have had a computer, smartphone, or tablet stolen.

Here are some tips to help prevent identity theft.

  • Read your credit card, bank, and pay statements each month. Verify each transaction was made by you and review personal account information.
  • Review your health insurance plan statements and claims. Look for any unexpected or unusual transactions.
  • Shred ALL sensitive documents! Any document that contains personal, financial, or medical information should be thoroughly shredded before being thrown away. Anyone can dig through trash to steal your information.
  • Don't share too much personal information on social media. Emails, phone numbers, full names, addresses, and answers to security questions can be acquired through social media and used to recover passwords or change account information.
  • Password-protect EVERYTHING. Strong, unique passwords on all accounts makes it exponentially harder for hackers to steal your account.
  • Stay Up to Date. Be sure to periodically update all apps, software, plug-ins, and operating systems (Windows, Mac, Android, etc.). Many updates offer improved security and vulnerability patches to prevent future compromises.

If you are a victim of identity theft, you should file a report at and with the police department.

Source: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Fight Cybercrime poster

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