September was a busy month; many of us prepared to send our kids back to school, a few data breaches made the headlines, and Florida and the Caribbean were hit with two big hurricanes. What does this have to do with your identity? Lots! In case you missed it, here’s what happened in September in identity protection news.
School is back in session!
Identity protection and secure document destruction services aren’t exclusive to businesses or residential customers. Schools have just as much to protect as any business or homeowner when it comes to the identity of their students. Elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and college universities all rely on the data of their students, and there are many good reasons to collect and use this information. How can you protect your children’s identity as they continue the school year? Read about FERPA and what documents you need to ask about this school year.
Equifax made the headlines, but not for the best of reasons.
Millions of people, roughly 143 million Americans, were affected by the Equifax data breach. It has been marked as the worst data breach in U.S. history. Attackers stole half the US population’s Social Security numbers from Equifax this spring, but the company only notified people in September. How can you protect yourself in the wake of this event? Read here to see the precautionary measures you can take to help mitigate risk.
Disaster Preparedness and Post-disaster Clean Up: Protect Yourself
While the state of Florida and the Caribbean islands struggle to recover during the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, it’s a reminder to us all that disaster preparedness is crucial for not only our safety, but for the protection of our identities as well. It will help provide guidance to ensure the prompt recovery and salvaging of essential information after the storm has passed. Here’s what you need to know about disaster preparedness and identity protection.
Of course, after the storm, it’s important to listen to local media for updates on cleanup efforts. Often times, post-storm cleanup crews will proceed from street to street, with emergency access roadways to be cleared first. Identity protection is secondary to protecting yourself and your family physically, but is an important part of recovery. Here are some tips to help you and your family pick up the pieces after a natural disaster.
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