Protect Your Valuables

Protect Your Valuables

Safeguard your personal information

Avoid giving your personal information (account numbers, Social Insurance Number, PIN, etc.) to anyone unless you know they are legitimately entitled to have such information.

Protect your files; Email, financial accounts, and other accounts should be protected with strong passwords. Strong passwords are not found in a dictionary; they contain a mixture of characters and are not easily identified. You might consider a sentence that is easy for you to remember and use a combination of characters from that sentence. For example, the sentence might be: As a student, I lived @ 756 Main St. Using the first letter of each word and the numbers the password becomes aasIl@756MS. Be careful not to reveal the password or the sentence to anyone.

Protect your files and computer data:

When posting photographs and information on the Web, consider the information that you might be unwittingly giving to a predator, such as your name, appearance, address, school names etc.

Back up computer data: If a computer is stolen, the loss of the data on the computer is very often more of a disruption to you, and potentially more valuable than the loss of the computer itself. Set up a routine for backing up the data and keep to that schedule. Store the back up away from the computer, preferably off-site. Consider password-protecting documents containing personal information.

Tips to Protect You Valuables

  • Keep records and proof of property ownership
  • Provide data to help us recover stolen property
  • Record the make, model and serial number of your property.
  • Retain original receipts.
  • Photograph your property.
  • Take precautions where you live, study and work.
  • Keep your doors locked at all times whether you live on- or off- campus.
  • Lock up wallets, purses, jewellery, and other valuables. Don’t just put them in or under your desk.
  • Don’t leave personal belongings unattended where you study. Take items with you if you need to step away.
  • Develop a relationship with neighbors or co-workers and check on one another often.