“A Data Breach By Any Other Name Would Be Just As Sour”
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What is your biggest fear when it comes to owning a credit card? Making payments on time? Not trusting yourself to stay within your limits to pay your bill off in full every month? Not letting the convenience of a “swipe” get to your head and embark on an adventure filled with debt? The least of your worries should be a criminal accessing your very own private information. Regardless of what we call a “data breach”- potential identity theft is just as unnerving.
Unfortunately in our digital age, we need to be very aware and cautious when it comes to providing our personal information to others. What kind of sensitive information is super valuable to criminals? What kinds of things can someone do with that information? How can you protect yourself from being a victim of identity theft?
Read the article attached and think about what happens when data thieves steal your name, social security number and birth date?
Record a list of steps to take when your personal information has been leaked. Partner with a classmate and create a tweet (240 character count) to educate the public on what a wise consumer would do if affected by a data breach. Be sure to use the hashtag #usfFinLitBlogPost if you decide to tweet your response.
Florida Literacy Standards:
SS.912.FL.6.9: Explain that loss of assets, wealth, and future opportunities can occur if an individual’s personal information is obtained by others through identity theft and then used fraudulently, and that by managing their personal information and choosing the environment in which it is revealed, individuals can accept, reduce, and insure against the risk of loss due to identity theft.
SS.912.FL.6.10: Compare federal and state regulations that provide some remedies and assistance for victims of identity theft.
Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.