College students are at a high risk for identity theft
Universities are starting to wrap up the school year, and students are earning a chance to take a break before they take their next steps. And while students deserve to relax, they shouldn’t be relaxing their online security.
In April, 120,000 .edu email accounts were stolen and for sale on the dark web. All of the accounts are connected to currently enrolled students.
“A .edu email address is very valuable, it’s more valuable than a gmail, yahoo, or some of the other email providers,” said Drury University Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems, Dr. Shannon McMurtrey to news station KSPR.
Your .edu email can be used against you for everything from signing up for a student membership you don’t want to hacking into your university account and selling your sensitive information. As a college student, you’re starting to form your digital identity in a big way, and it’s important to take the right steps to identity proofing yourself online before it’s too late.
Fortunately, there is a way to lower your chances of getting your address stolen. The practices might seem remedial, but if more than 100,000 .edu address were able get stolen, then these are tips still worth sharing.
Keep your .edu email safe
- Don’t use weak passwords, or a password you use for your other accounts.
- If a hacker gets into your .edu email, then they can easily get into all of your other sensitive accounts if you’re using the same address.
- Don’t share your email password with others.
- If you do, then change your password ASAP.
- Take a constant look at your credit reports.
- This is a good habit to start when you’re young. Monitoring your credit is crucial to giving you identity assurance. It can help you discover identity theft or fraud before it becomes a big problem.