Adults in the digital age are bombarded with information as to how to protect their interests online. Complicated passwords, secure networks, and even ocular scanners help to keep your identity safe. Now hackers are targeting the identity of kids and you may be surprised how easy it is for them to get away with it.
R. C. Taylor an Independent Associate with Prepaid Legal Services says that "because they're children, you don't really have any signs because they don't have any credit." That's especially true since finding personal information is as simple as an Internet search, where hackers are now getting simple answers to secure questions.
"You can go online and find out your mom's maiden name, your date of birth, where you were born, your birthday, your social; all that information is out there," says Taylor. "They're for sale. You can go down to the flea market and buy them all day long and it's not against the law to buy them. Where it's against the law is when you use them."
Already scammers have targeted the nation's schools, which are required to keep social security numbers on file. That's why Alan Sizemore, the Chief Information Officer with the Wichita Falls Independent School District is doing everything he can to make sure that kids numbers are safe.
"I have outside firewalls. So for a hacker to actually come in from the outside world, they have to make it through a VPN concentrator, through a set of outside firewalls, through the inside firewalls, before they actually get to our network."
To put it simply, Sizemore says it's, "The best defense money can buy on a school districts budget!"
So while Texoma's schools are safe, parents still need to be aware of what their kids are doing online.