Don't be Victimized!
An emerging form of Identity Theft is Phone Hijacking. Christina Schubert with Symantec in the ClubNorton Newsletter of August 2017 offers the following tips to help prevent phone hijacking:
1) Create a PIN for your phone. Whenever you contact your service provider, the PIN should be requested. If you think you do not have a PIN, call your cell phone provider and make sure you didn’t opt to disable it when you signed up.
2) If your phone receives “no signal” or says, “Emergency calls only,” even after restarting the phone, then use another phone to call your provider and have them check the status immediately.
3) Phone hijacking can also happen via phishing attacks. Do not click on suspicious links. Malware embedded in links can secretly download on your device. When in doubt, open a browser and type in the address you wish to visit.
4) Do not publish your phone number on your public profile on social media.
5) Be discreet about mentioning cryptocurrency on social media. Cryptocurrency is the one of the most sought-after forms of currency in this type of crime*.
6) Review your credit card bills, bank statements and phone bills. If something doesn’t add up, report it immediately.
7) Do not use the same usernames and passwords across several websites. Make your passwords long, complicated and difficult to guess.
No one can prevent identity theft entirely, but you can make it more difficult for hackers and identity thieves to access your personal information.
Be Safe Online!
Basic Steps to Online Safety and Security
Six recommendations based on those of the National Security Alliance to better protect yourself online and make the Internet more secure for everyone:
- Fortify each online account or device. Enable the strongest authentication tools available.
- Keep a clean machine. Make sure all software on Internet-connected devices are up-to-date to reduce the risk of malware infection.
- Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it. Own it. Be sure to review the privacy policies of apps and websites to ensure you know what is being done with your personal data.
- When in doubt, throw it out. Cyber criminals often use email links to try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and delete it.
- Share with care. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Respect the privacy of others.
- Own your online presence. Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s okay to limit how and with whom you share information.
Be Safety Proactive!
Be alert and focus on your surroundings!
Take steps to protect yourself and your belonging!
The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety has developed a series tips and procedures to help ensure your personal safety and that of your belongings. By following these tips you can help to make the campus area safer for everyone.
The University provides a safe ride service upon request to OSU students, faculty and staff who would like safe transportation across campus. Phone Number 614-292-3322.
For more safety related resources check out Hot Topics.