Office of Student Life

Identity Management Day: The Importance of Identity Security

April 9, 2024

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 is Identity Management Day--a day dedicated to helping everyone understand how to protect their digital identities. If one of your accounts is compromised and your data is stolen by a cybercriminal they could use it to steal your identity, steal your money, or create phishing\vishing\SMS attacks to steal from others.

How can you protect yourself, your identity, and your data?

  • Make long and strong passwords.
    • Make passwords different for each account\device. This will mean using a password manager since remembering would be difficult. IF you prefer to write them down, put that in a safe for protection.
  • Enable two-factor\multi-factor\biometric authentication on as many accounts\devices that you own
  • Use email\internet\social media with suspicion
    • Don't use public\unknown\unsecure wi-fi for any activity where a password is involved
  • Check the website once/year to see if your passwords\accounts have been compromised
  • Check your credit reports for free once per year to see if your financial accounts have been compromised