Online Safety Infographic: College Students Face Higher Risks of Credit Fraud

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CreditDonkey, which publishes credit card news and analysis, is worried about college kids.

“When researching the risks that today’s student faces, we were surprised to see that much of it stems back to their Internet usage,” says Charles Tran, founder of CreditDonkey.

He says it’s important that parents and students are aware of the risks so they can keep themselves and their finances safe.

As revealed by its new infographic below, CreditDonkey points out that this generation of college students has a level of access to the Internet that is unprecedented to any class before them, with nearly 100% accessing the Internet on a regular basis.

What are some of the biggest identity-theft risks?

Through social media and online job applications, students are sharing an increasing amount of private information: 50% have shared sensitive data; 40% have provided their Social Security number online; and 9% have shared passwords with friends.

While 91% of parents believe students are at risk for identity theft, only 21% of students share that concern. Put another way, nearly every parent worries about their child becoming a victim of identity theft — but only 1 in 5 college students is worried.

Courtesy of: CreditDonkey

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi’s manager of digital content strategy.