Colleges prime target for identity theft

People ages 18-29 make the most reports of identity theft in the US, according to the Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse, a division of the Federal Trade Commission.

According to the experts, colleges and universities are a prime target for electronic data thefts because of their wide use of names, addresses and Social Security numbers. “The reason is simple. Colleges have a tendency to use information, like Social Security numbers, for student IDs,” said Jay Foley, executive director of the Identity Theft Research Center.

In the past year, security issues have been reported in Kent State, Miami and Cleveland State universities, as well as the Ohio State University. Some have been computer thefts or hacking, while in other cases personal information was accidentally posted online. Many of the schools are updating their computer security systems and urging students to be careful when storing personal information.

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