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Secure Your Identity

Identity theft is a crime in which key pieces of a victim's personal information, such as Social Security and credit card numbers, are stolen and illegally used by others.

How Is Identity Stolen?

Identity thieves use a variety of means to steal personal information including hacking into large computer databases that contain Social Security numbers, using spyware to intercept confidential business communications from individual computers, stealing paycheck stubs or credit card receipts from the garbage, or tricking unsuspecting individuals into disclosing private information over the telephone or online.

Northwestern University will never ask for your NetID password.

Protecting Identity Online

Other Tips for Protecting Identity

Steps to Take If You Are a Victim of Identity Theft

Privacy and the NU Network

It is the policy of Northwestern to treat all transmissions over the NU Network as private; however, the confidentiality of these transmissions is not guaranteed.

All users of Northwestern University computing and network resources must be aware that privacy of electronic communication such as e-mail and/or stored data files may be routinely compromised by University computer systems or processes that unintentionally preserve portions of information on the NU Network. In addition, University network resources may be compromised by individuals who intentionally try to gain access to vulnerable machines for malicious purposes. For these reasons, users must act responsibly to protect personal and University-related confidential information.

Members of the NU community may want to limit viewing of their online directory information from off-campus. Faculty, staff, and students may edit their records so the "off-campus" field is set to "no," or "partial" to limit the amount of information that is available to the public. For more information, visit Online Directory Services.

Last Updated: 11 March 2022

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