Are you one of the 145,966 students and recent graduates affected by the security lapse Indiana University recently discovered?
You might want to consider requesting a free credit freeze to protect yourself, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller suggested on his Facebook page Tuesday.
A credit freeze places a hold or freeze on a person's credit reports, which keeps new creditors from requesting a credit report without that person's permission. This prevents identity thieves from taking out new credit in someone else's name.
Credit freezes are free of charge but must be filed with the three credit agencies that provide credit, Equifax, Experian and Trans Union.
Indiana University said it has no evidence that any data exposed by the security lapse was downloaded by potential identity thieves, but effected people may want to look into security measures such as monitoring credit reports or requesting fraud alerts or credit reasons just in case.
Learn more about placing a credit freeze on your credit reports at the Indiana Attorney General's website.