Our friend Denise Richardson of givembackmycredit.com has posted an interesting article on how college students are especially at risk for becoming victims of identity theft. Since July 2009 there have been more than 70 successful data breaches in 30 states; in 88% of these breaches an individual’s or student’s Social Security Number was shown.
One reason college students are more vulnerable to identity theft is because of the number of times they are asked to give out personal information. Some universities even use students’ SSNs for student identification numbers, which is then sometimes shown on a student ID card. It’s estimated that over a million students, alumni and faculty have been affected by a data loss or breach that exposed their personal information.
Personal information can be illegally accessed several different ways, such as outside hackers or even unhappy university employees who obtain the information to sell to identity thieves.
LifeLock recommends individuals who have been informed of a potential breach of personally identifiable information should;