University of Illinois System


The Protect course includes modules like:

Cover Your Assets

Cover Your Assets explains different types of insurance that can protect you, your family, and your assets from financial loss from natural disasters, fires, theft, and more.

Identity Theft & Fraud

Identity Theft & Fraud presents some of the scariest risks to our financial well-being. Discover the many ways scams, theives, and negligence can put your finances at risk.

Credit Secrets Revealed

Credit Secrets Revealed explains role credit reports & scores have in telling our financial story to potential lenders, insurers & employers, is an important part of building a solid financial footing. 

Run the Risk

After reviewing Is Your Financial Security at Risk? from University of Illinois Extension, test your knowledge in Run the Risk to get credit towards the Protect Badge.

Health Insurance Dissected

Premiums, deductibles, co-payments and other out-of-pocket health costs all add up. Health Insurance Dissected provides info to make choosing your health insurance plan a little less challenging.

Planning for the Unforeseen

Planning for the Unforeseen explains how property transfers, wills and conversations about estate planning can be beneficial for you and your family's overall financial well-being.

Enrollment Instructions

Enroll in the Protect Course

To enroll in a Badges course,

  1. Visit the Protect course link (button provided above).
  2. Click the orange NetID Login button. 
  3. Log in with your NetID & password (requires 2FA).
  4. Under Self-enrollment (Student), click the "Enroll Me" button.*
  5. Complete the modules that interest you.

Learning Objectives of the Protect Course

Security is important to many people, in multiple ways. The concept of Protection provides security in your finances in multiple ways. After obtaining the Protect badge, you should:

  • Be able to choose appropriate insurance for your needs.
  • Identify how to build an emergency fund.
  • Know how to shop around for insurance and other services to protect your assets.
  • Protect your identity.
  • Be able to avoid fraud and scams.
  • Understand how to review your credit report.
  • Understand the role of diversification in protecting against financial loss.
  • Understand how organizations use your information when sharing it (e.g., understand risks of social engineering, data breaches, etc.).
  • Understand basic information security (e.g., MFA, encryption, password management, red flag rules, authentication, WiFi, firewalls, VPN, Phishing).

To get the Protect badge, you must participate in at least three protect-focused learning activities, at least one of which is highly encouraged to be in person. 

Check our calendar or enroll in the Protect badge course for activities that count towards the Protect badge.