Personal and Digital Security

The University has resources to help you protect your personal and digital security. Download the Safe App to access features including direct calling capabilities for the UCPD and CPD, mobile blue light (sends your location and calls UCPD simultaneously), links to safety resources, and information on safe transportation. Watch this video on the Safe App.

It’s also important to take steps to protect your personal data and practice digital security‚ÄĒespecially during tax season. If someone asks for personally identifiable information such as your Social Security Number, make sure you ask 1) why they need this information and 2) how it will be used.

If you need to submit sensitive information (e.g., IRS forms such as a W-9) to a unit at UChicago, you should not include your SSN or other personally identifiable information in the body of an email or as an attachment. Email is inherently insecure. Instead, make the information available to a specific person via a secured folder such as Box.

Other steps you can take:
Use two-factor authentication on essential accounts such as email and banking apps. You can also register your phone with two-factor authentication and download the Duo Mobile App.

  • Keep files secure (and protect against data loss) by backing up data on an external hard drive.
  • Use a VPN when sharing sensitive information to maximize privacy.
  • Check your credit report annually from the three credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion, Experion)

More information on how to handle and protect your personally identifiable information can be found through IT Services.

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