Keeping your ID secure during your time at the University of Aberdeen

Your identity and personal information are extremely valuable. Criminals can open everything from bank accounts to loans and credit cards using just a few personal details. Although it’s not very common, it’s surprisingly easy to become a victim of ID fraud. Follow these CluedUp tips and make sure it never happens to you.

Shield your password

Be aware of your surroundings. Whenever you enter a PIN or password, make sure no one is able to see. Covering your hand and shielding yourself is often the best method to prevent this. This includes your bank PIN, address details, date of birth – any sort of personal information that could be used to commit ID fraud.

Be careful what you put on the internet

Most of us spend a lot of time online. And it’s easy to forget about how important keeping personal details secure when you’re sharing pictures of what you had for lunch that day. Basically, it’s best to avoid advertising personal details online – having your birthday on Facebook is fine but advertising your bank or address details is not.

Store personal information securely

Try not to store passwords and other personal information in your phone or on your computer as these are easy to hack into. It’s important you destroy data responsibly too. Shred all physical data and dispose in an appropriate area. And when you’re chucking out old electronic devices, use an approved programme to wipe all of your digital data.

If you lose it – report it

If you lose it, for example, your passport or your driving licence, you should report it as soon as you realise. Usually, documents like these are handed into the Police but even if it’s not likely to be found, it’s imperative that it gets reported lost.