You may have recently seen in the news a major internet hack of a company called MOVEit. TIAA, the University’s retirement administrator, informed the University that they have experienced a MOVEit breach and are presently working to discover what data was impacted. If your data was impacted, TIAA will directly notify you of your options.
In addition, the University has been inundated with phishing attacks, which are emails, text messages, or phone calls that aim to trick you into sharing your passwords, account numbers, or other sensitive information. If that happens, fraudsters may be able to access and control your accounts. Don’t open or respond to suspicious or unsolicited phone calls, emails or texts.
1. Consider placing a temporary credit freeze at no cost, as described in this US Government alert:
<https://www.usa.gov/credit-freeze.>](https://www.usa.gov/credit-freeze.) This will protect you in the event of any potential fraudulent attempts to open credit in your name.
2. Use multifactor authentication (MFA) everywhere it is available. Using multiple factors to authenticate into an account makes it much more difficult for hackers to access your accounts.
3. Use a different password for every site and create complex passphrases with 12 or more characters. NEVER USE YOUR CedarNet PASSWORD ON ANY OTHER SITE. Doing so puts our community in danger.
4. Do not share your CedarNet password with anyone. Spousal accounts can be requested through the Courtesy Account process. https://selfservice.cedarville.edu/cedarinfo/courtesyaccount
6. Keep personal contact information current with all of your financial institutions so you can be reached if suspicious activity occurs.
7. Monitor your credit score and online accounts regularly. Close and delete unused accounts.
8. Use antivirus software and update software, hardware, and applications. Updates include security upgrades to keep your devices safe. Place a unique password on your home Wi-Fi network.
– If you are the victim of online or internet-enabled crime, file a report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
– Phishing and identity theft concerns can be reported through FTC.gov.
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