Carnegie Mellon University
November 30, 2016

How to Protect from Identity Theft

By Daniel Tkacik

Nicolas recently consulted a panel of experts, including EPP professor Nicolas Christin, to learn how to safeguard against cybercriminals:

  1. What can individuals do to guard against identity theft?
  2. How should consumers choose among third-party providers offering services to protect their identity and personal data?
  3. Should victims of identity theft be able to change their Social Security number? How can we make this number more difficult to steal and use (e.g., add more digits)?
  4. Is the recent expansion of social media facilitating identity thefts?
  5. Should the federal government intervene to establish a clear process for victims of identity theft looking to clear their name?

Read Christin's responses at