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College Identity Theft Protection Tips

Keep your identity safe at school

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Data security lapses at major colleges and universities over the past several years have exposed tens of millions of personal records of students, alumni, faculty and staff, and put them at risk of identity fraud theft, according to Identity Theft 911.

Some simple tips can help protect students and families alike.

Safeguard student identity

  • Secure your personal documents, including financial aid paperwork, from the view of roommates.
  • Avoid Facebook quizzes that expose your personal information to the quiz developers.
  • Use strong passwords comprised of numbers, letters and symbols – and change them often.
  • Treat your laptop as if you know it's going to be stolen. Use the password-prompt on start-up, and shut your laptop down for the night.
  • Use firewalls and anti-virus software, and update them regularly.
  • Obtain your free annual credit report from each of the credit bureaus, and review them frequently.
  • Use a shredder to eliminate personal information that might be thrown in the garbage.

Additional identity protection

The American Family Identity Theft Program includes our Identity Fraud Expense Coverage, which covers costs associated with repairing your identity, including attorney fees, loan application fees and lost wages.

Learn more about the American Family Identity Theft Program.

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