Your Lafayette NetID is valuable because of the resources to which it grants access, and its value must not be underestimated. For example, the NetID grants access to email and Banner Self-Service. Having access to a Lafayette email account is valuable to spammers because they can use the compromised account to send spam. Having access to a Banner Self-Service account means that someone has access to your salary and benefits information.

Protecting yourself

In order to protect your NetID and identity…

  • Use strong passwords, keep them private, and change them often.
  • Guard against phishing scams by not responding to emails, phone calls, or other requests for your private information.
  • Store sensitive physical documents securely and dispose of them properly (e.g., shred and trash instead of tossing whole into a recycling bin).
  • Keep your computer secure by keeping it up to date and running a virus scanner. When you step away from your computer, “lock” it so a password is required to use it.

Compromised NetID

Should your NetID become compromised, take the appropriate action depending on your circumstance:

  • If the compromise is something benign, such as you have inadvertently typed your password in a username field and someone saw it, change your password using Lafayette’s password change utility.
  • If something more serious has happened, e.g., you have fallen victim to a phishing scam, change your password as above and contact the Help Desk immediately at help@lafayette.edu or (610) 330-5501.

Stolen Identity

ITS cannot help with identity theft issues beyond those that involve the Lafayette NetID, but here are some resources that can help.