Emails with SSNs or credit card numbers will be blocked beginning Dec. 1
- October 31, 2017
Sending credit card or Social Security numbers via email can make you or others more vulnerable to identity theft — and is against UAB policy.
Beginning Dec. 1, UAB IT will begin blocking the sending of emails from @uab.edu addresses if the email appears to contain a Social Security number or credit card number.
The sender will receive an email from UAB IT’s information security team if the email is blocked.
For the past several months, individuals sending emails containing such information have been given pop-up policy tips in the Outlook email client.
The warnings are intended to alert email senders of the potential danger of sending such information.
“Sending credit card information or Social Security numbers is extremely dangerous and could leave you vulnerable to identity theft,” said Brian Rivers, assistant vice president and chief information security officer. “Our goal is to help protect our students, faculty and staff.”