IDville Blog | May 2015

Student ID cards: Securing the Identity Chain

by Maggie 28. May 2015 12:05
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Security is a made up of a chain of elements. Don’t let the campus card be the weakest link.

 

In a recent article from CR80 News, Andrew Hudson warns his audience about the use of university ID’s in orchestrating identity theft or other fraudulent activities.

Universities and schools- be aware of this!

There have been cases of students who have fraudulently obtained an ID card that is then used to obtain more secure IDs. Should this student then use the newly acquired credentials for identity theft or criminal acts, the paper trail could be traced back directly to the university. 

For example, to obtain documents such as a Social Security card, the applicant must first produce a U.S. driver license, state-issued ID card or U.S. Passport. But if for whatever reason these documents are not available, other documents including the student ID card will be considered.

Even though using a university ID to participate in illegal activity is an extreme case, it is worth paying attention to as identity theft and fraud becomes more advanced. “If not for the sake of the cardholders, then it should be done to avoid the liability that a university could incur if its credentials were used illegally.”

Student ID cards are a key security feature of campus life, but should only be accepted within campus limits. In order to protect individuals and universities, student IDs should not hold legitimacy for obtaining more secure IDs. 

Student ID cards are a strong link on the identity chain, let’s keep them that way!

To learn more about how IDville can keep your student ID link strong on the security chain, contact one of our system specialists at 1.866.438.4553, or shop online at http://www.idville.com.

ID cards in the news: IDNYC

by Maggie 26. May 2015 10:07
Maggie

 

“8 Million New Yorkers. 1 Card For All Of Us!”

Starting in January of 2015, New York has been issuing free municipal identification cards for all New York City residents…and the line is out the door and wrapped around the city.

What is IDNYC?

It's a government-issued photo ID card available to all New York City residents over the age of 14, including undocumented immigrants, who in the past had no identification they could use to access services such as open a bank account, use a city library or use to pay utilities.

“IDNYC benefits every city resident, including the most vulnerable communities—the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID.”

The goals of this new card are to enhance public safety, grant access to services to the public, and provide a series of benefits to cardholders, like free one-year membership to museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens.

Right away, the demand was overwhelming! Lines were wrapped around the building and appointments were booked up to six months to get an ID card

Over 100,000 New Yorkers have already benefited from this, and a projected half a million immigrants will benefit from the card.

Although there have been concerns regarding some potential negatives of this card, there have already been a lot of positive outcomes.

Here are just a few:
• The increased access to cultural institutions is creating an erudite population.
• Identification decreases the number of individuals who are arrested for not being able to verify their identity, which reduces stress on the overwhelmed courts and crowded prisons.
• Identification (while not providing work authorization) legitimizes a person in an employer’s eyes.

Identification is something we often take for granted-until we don’t have it. It is easy to overlook how essential identification is to thrive in a community.

This movement is spreading to other cities, providing new opportunities for those who didn’t have means to identification before. With safety and the well-being of city residents in mind, this new municipal identification program is doing great things to build a strong community and enhance the city experience of all city residents. What a great way to contribute to the beautiful American melting pot!

For answers to IDNYC FAQs visit: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/idnyc/frequently-asked-questions/frequently-asked-questions.page

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National Nurse’s Week: Healthcare Identification

by Maggie 11. May 2015 11:31
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As National Nurse’s Week comes to a close, we want to thank nurses for all the work they do! “Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy, nurses are rarely short on caring.” We could not have said it better than Sharon Hudacek did. So thank a nurse today!

Along with thanking our nurses, we would also like to highlight the importance of healthcare identification. Healthcare facilities see a lot of people walk in and out of their doors. Doctors, nurses, patients, and visitors. Implementing an ID card program will allow for proper identification of staff and visitors that will enhance security. Not only will safety improve, so will overall efficiency of operations.

Healthcare ID badges can serve a number of functions, including identifying doctors and staff, controlling access to facilities and restricted areas, and managing visitors. They are also commonly used to store patient medical records.  This helps speed up the registration process and store accurate records. Say goodbye to mountains of paperwork!

Another idea for healthcare identification is to issue senior ID cards that include a photo of the cardholder, their name, address, blood type, and medical history.  The cards should also include the name and phone number of their physician and an emergency contact.  In an emergency, responders will be better able to assist the patient, especially in situations where the patient is unable to communicate. Emergency responders will be able to look to the card for details about the cardholder’s medical condition, and quickly determine the best course of action.

For more information regarding ID card systems in healthcare, read our complete white paper, “Secure ID Card Systems for the Healthcare Industry.”

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Maximize your networking with a simple name badge

by Maggie 6. May 2015 12:34
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At a conference, mixer or other event with a large group of people, a name badge is much more professional then a sticky, and is much easier for others to read. And remember, wearing your logo is a form of branding!

Another benefit is helping other people remember who they met. Hearing and seeing your name and company multiplies the chances others will remember you. So maximize your networking with a simple name badge!

Our ID Maker Software is user-friendly and easy to use.  It gives you the tools you need to design and print ID cards. Follow these guidelines for what information to include on your name badge. Remember to keep it simple for the customer. Only give them the information they need.

  1. Settings where a title on your badge may be a good option:
    • Conferences or tradeshows
    • Your place of work
    *Place your title underneath your name in a smaller font size
  2. A setting where just your first name on your badge may be a good option:
    • Selling to customers in a store environment
  3. A setting where both your first and last name on your badge may be a good option:
    • Meeting people you intend to get to know and see in the future

What about industry credentials or marketing tag lines? I wouldn’t recommend adding anything else. Keep it simple.

Your name tag should serve as your introduction and usually nothing more. For people to remember your name and company, you need to make them stand out. With other information on your badge, your name and company runs the risk of getting lost in the jumble. People glance at a name badge, not read it like a book.

Once you’ve created your ideal name badge, the next step is choosing a form of backing. The backing refers to how the badge will attach to your clothing.
We offer many different options for name badge attachments:

When one of your main goals is networking, I would recommend either a badge holder or a badge clip. More specifically, I would recommend our framed badge holders or our Adhesive Magnetic ID Attachment.

Framed badge holders are useful for networking because they can make your ID badge stand out. Try matching the color of your frame to a color in your logo or the text of your name. You can even use different color frames to identify different groups of people.

Adhesive Magnetic ID Attachments are great tools for networking, because they are hidden, keeping the customer from distraction. A lot of people choose magnets, because they’re quick and easy to put on and don’t leave little holes. However, if you have a pace maker or other type of electronic device within your chest cavity, you should not use a magnet without your doctors permission as a magnet may interfere or stop your medical device from working.

Another tactic to use while networking at large events is creating custom lanyards that will unify your brand. Our full meeting and event line is a great tool for everything meeting and event! An example is IDville’s sponsorship of Tulip Time in Holland, MI. IDville joined Tulip Time as an Event Identification sponsor. Jennifer Reeves, IDville’s sales manager said, “We had an opportunity to help Tulip Time unify their volunteer identification, while branding the organization at the same time. By sponsoring this event, we were able to provide them with an ID Maker printer system, lanyards, and other accessories to help them easily identify the over 3,000 volunteers that help make this annual event a success.” Having unified identification for all volunteers and staff of this event made networking simple and memorable!

   

Identification is key to networking but is often overlooked. Follow these simple tips and watch your network grow exponentially! It’s not about what you know, it’s about who knows you! For more information, contact one of our system specialists at 1.866.438.4553, or shop online at http://www.idville.com.

May 1 Fun! Get Caught Reading Month

by Maggie 1. May 2015 08:55
Maggie

There is so much excitement in the air this morning! First of all it is Friday, and the sun is shining, catalog craziness is wrapping up in the office, spring is finally ready for more of a committed relationship, and the beginning of a new month brings endless opportunity! 

With school winding down, don’t forget to think about your teachers this weekend, because next week is Teacher Appreciation Week!  Write them a note of encouragement, thanking them for all they’ve invested in you or your children. Make a craft for them that shows them how much they are appreciated. Buy them one of our Apple a Day Fashion Beaded Lanyards to make all the other teachers jealous.

May is also Get Caught Reading Month, so once you’re done thinking about your teachers this weekend, bury your nose in a book! Get Caught Reading Month began in 1999 as a way to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read for pleasure. Exposure to language at a young age has been scientifically proven to stimulate brain growth in children, and children who have been regularly read to have a large advantage over their peers by the time they start school.

So reignite that passion for reading, whether it is the classics, chick-lit, the latest thriller, or just your favorite magazine or the sports pages. Go on, crack open a book and GET CAUGHT READING! 

 

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