Identity thieves will look for any information they can find to get access to your financial accounts or other personal assets. Guarding the privacy of your identity while online is critical for both your personal life as well as for your life at MIT.
Your MIT identity gives you access to authorized information on the MIT network, so it is important to make sure that these access privileges are not abused by others.
In your personal life, your passwords, online banking transactions, online purchases and other transactions should be private and protected. There are simple and effective ways to do this.
Tricks used to steal your identity
- Social engineering
- Spam and phishing
- Risky ads, pop-ups and downloads
- Fake websites
- Free software and file sharing
Things you can do
- Use strong passwords
- Use MIT certificates and other strong authentication technology
- Learn how to spot "phishy" websites and emails
- Use encrypted connections to the Internet
- Use secured e-commerce sites for purchases
- Be wary when asked for your personal information
- Set privacy settings in your browser
- Read website privacy policies