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There have been increasing incidents of Identity Theft throughout the United States, generally due to large data breaches, and occasionally smaller incidents of phishing. Most notably, you may have seen news reports about a large-scale breach at the credit reporting company Equifax.
We care about the information and systems here at Vassar, but we also care about your personal well-being and the protection of your own personal and financial information. You can protect yourself through the following steps:
More about the Equifax breach
Equifax is one of the three largest credit reporting firms in the country. On September 7th, they reported a large scale data breach affecting 143 million customers. Be sure to visit their website and read the information carefully: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/
Have you already been a victim of identity theft?
The US Government has an informational site for what to do if this has happened to you. https://www.identitytheft.gov/
Multi-factor authentication (also referred to as 2-step verification) is a great way to add an extra layer of security to your accounts by requesting additional information to verify your identity during login. CIS recommends that wherever available, users enable multi-factor authentication on all websites where the feature is available, both Vassar and personal accounts.
VassarOne – our consolidated login platform – offers multi-factor authentication through Duo. Please view our Service Desk solution for instructions: https://servicedesk.vassar.edu/solutions/571021-vassarone-setting-up-multi-factor-authentication-with-duo. If you need additional assistance, please contact the CIS Service Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or x7224.