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University data was not part of Equifax data breach

With the recent Equifax data breach making national news headlines, members within Information Technology Services want to reassure the Penn State community that although the University uses some Equifax services, Penn State data was not part of the Equifax security breach.

Remaining vigilant about how and where you enter your personal information online is the first step to protecting yourself from identity theft. Although the Office of Information Security (OIS) does not handle identity theft cases and while its website is undergoing a redesign, the following resources are recommended to educate and protect yourself from this ongoing threat:

The National Cyber Security Alliance

University of Michigan: Identity Theft and Safe Computing

10 Ways to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

University of Baltimore: Identity Theft Protection Tips

Additionally, Consumer Reports offers a variety of strategies to protect yourself in lieu of paid monitoring services.