How to keep your identity safe

By: Megan Palera

The security breach at UNL raised a lot of concerns. Many people ask, is anybody really safe?

Need an Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist? Call Kyle Dailey, it seems everyone else says. “We're finding that a lot of local businesses are now calling saying we need to take a look at this for our own company,” said Dailey.

Since news spread of the University of Nebraska's security breach, Dailey's been fielding phone calls all day long. 85 calls an hour to be exact. “As traumatic as this has been for UNL, you really can't control it,” said Dailey.

University officials say so far, no information has been downloaded from the database that included bank account information for as many as 30,000 students. “If they find out someone's downloaded out of it, then I'll be concerned. But I don't really think I'm that awesome of a person they're going to try to steal my identity from it,” said Georgia Gleason, UNL alumnus.

Georgia Gleason may not be worried, but Dailey is. That's because there's more to identity theft than just financial concerns. There's also social security, medical, driver's license and criminal identity theft. It can happen to anyone, even the most untouchable.

“NASA this year was breached. They had over 1,400 top secret documents taken. The IRS has been breached numerous times. So even though we're focusing on UNL, the problem is on a much, much larger scale,” said Dailey.

There are three programs out there right now that offer credit monitoring, access to legal council and complete restoration if your identity is stolen. They're fairly inexpensive, about $14 a month. If you'd like to contact Kyle Dailey, you can reach him at Legal Benefits Incorporated, 405-0438. They offer identity theft education and training.