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Safeguarding against identity theft

​​The recent rise in unemployment claims in the U.S. has prompted cybercriminals to take advantage in this time of administrative chaos and attempt to make fraudulent claims with stolen identity information. While DePaul is alerted and can take corrective action on any fraudulent unemployment claim that may arise for a DePaul employee, it is important that we all take steps to safeguard our personal information from cybercriminals.

Cybercriminals can steal identity information in a variety of ways, including holding on to information compromised in past data breeches or by obtaining information directly from someone through scams that trick people into sharing their personal data. So how can you keep your information safe? Here are some tips:

  • Sign up for free identity theft protection that may be available to you, for example, through your health insurance.
  • Seek confidential assistance through DePaul's employee assistance program, offered by ComPsych® GuidanceResources®. The organization web ID to log-in is EAP4DPU.

Because our computers have such a critical role in our lives, it is important to improve and maintain their security to help keep our information safe. Utilize the tips above to make cyber security a priority on your to-do list today and every day.