Tag: stolen

Universities not the only ones risking student data

The financers of kids’ college educations are doing it too!

A contractor for the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan company lost 1.3 million names and SSNs when a piece of equipment (which was not identified – meaning it was a laptop left in the front seat of a parked car), was stolen. The incident happened May 24th, the TGSL was notified two days later. The notice included a statement about the data being encrypted, then decrypted, followed by a “well the machine needs password access” – why didn’t they just say everyone listed in the database is now completely screwed?

One eye on the screen, and two on your wallet

While there is growing concern over phishing and hacking exploits that lead to identity theft, the fact remains that you are safer online that you are with personal acquaintances.