Tips for College Students – Protect Your Personal Information

Dorms or off-campus housing can be a wonderful, shared experience.  However, be concerned about “friends” of your roommates tramping through the place.  Use a locked drawer or file holder to hold your personal documents – bank and credit card account numbers, passport, social security number, etc. (Better yet, leave your social security card at home and, certainly, don’t keep it in your wallet.)  Don’t store any account information on public computers, including college libraries, etc. Remember to log-off email and avoid doing online banking on public computers. This information can be used to steal your identity, open bogus accounts in your name and run up huge credit card bills.  Protect your private information. Create sophisticated passwords using upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols that are not your birthday, home address or some other easily determinable information.

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The Massachusetts Bankers Association represents approximately 190 commercial,
savings and co-operative banks and savings and loan institutions located in Massachusetts and
elsewhere in New England.

Massachusetts Bankers Association, Inc.
One Washington Mall, 8th Floor
Boston, MA  02108
Tel: 617-523-7595 / Fax: 617-523-6373

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