Ruth to the Rescue: Protect yourself from identity theft

FOR MANY COLLEGE STUDENTS BACK-TO-SCHOOL MEANS HEADING BACK TO THE DORM OR THEIR OWN APARTMENT. IT IS A TIME WHEN THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION CAN BECOME VULNERABLE. IF THEY ARE NOT CAREFUL. WE ALL KNOW IDENTITY THEFT IS A GROWING PROBLEM FOR ALL OF US. THIS TIME OF YEAR COLLEGE STUDENTS NEED TO BE VIGIL WANT. RUTH SPENCER HAS SOME ADVICE TO PROTECT THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION. AND REALLY GOOD ADVICE FOR ALL OF US. COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE GOING TO SHARE A LOT OF PERSONAL INFORMATION AS THEY HEAD BACK TO CAMPUS, FROM FINANCIAL AID TO CABLE COMPANY THERE IS A LOT TO BE DONE AS THEY SETTLE IN. FOR THE IDENTITY THIEVES OUT THERE. THE STUDENTS ARE TEMPTING TARGETS. A LOT OF COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE PRETTY EXCITED TO GET BACK TO CAMPUS AFTER A SUMMER AT HOME. CYBER SECURITY EXPERTS WARN THOUGH THOSE YOUNG ADULTS ARE A TEMPTING TARGET FOR IDENTITY THIEVES. THEY HAVE NOT ESTABLISHED A CREDIT HISTORY. SO THEY HAVE A CLEAN SLATE IN THE CREDIT WORLD. NOT LIKELY TO CHECK THEIR CREDIT HISTORY OR HAVE IT CHECKED. UNTIL THEY GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE. STUDENTS WILL NEED TO SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION. TO SET UP A BANK, ELECTRIC, CABLE ACCOUNTS. SO THEY NEED TO FOCUS ON KEEPING THEIR DATA AS SECURE AS POSSIBLE. THE BBB HAS THIS ADVICE. COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE OPEN AND TRUSTING. AND WANT TO TRUST PEOPLE. AND WE WANT THEM TO TO A SEASON POINT. BUT BE CAREFUL. ESPECIALLY THREE ITEMS. CYBER SECURITY EXPERTS ALSO SAY STUDENTS YOU SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID TO QUESTION YOUR SCHOOL’S PRIVACY POLICY. ANY NEW COLLEGE STUDENTS, I SAY ASK. WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH MY INFORMATION? HOW DO YOU STORE? ARE YOU LOCKING THAT FILE IN A CABINET WHEN I LEAVE IF THOSE ARE BASIC THINGS THAT KEEP INFORMATION STAVE. ONE MORE WORD OF ADVICE. STUDENTS, YOU SHOULD BE CAREFUL WHEN FIELDING CREDIT CARD OFFERS, IF YOU FILL OUT AN APPLICATION KEEP PERSONAL INFORMATION SECURE AND IF YOU ARE STARTING TO BUILD A CREDIT HISTORY THEN GET A FREE CREDIT REPORT ONCE A YEAR TO MAKE SURE

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