Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Have You Ever Had Your Identity Stolen? Or Know Someone Who Has? Tips From LifeLock

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I personally have never had my identity stolen and I do not know of anyone in my family or friends that have either.  I consider myself very lucky! I have seen many stories on television about how people have had their identity stolen. Identity theft is a crime that victimized over 8 million Americans in 2011 – that’s more than the entire population of the state of Virginia!  There are many types of identity theft. Did you know that there are identity thieves that will actually dumpster dive and get  your information from your trash. Now that is pretty scary.

LifeLock provides valuable information to help you protect your identity from being stolen. LifeLock is proactive and hitting the identity thief head on. LifeLock will provide you with alerts of a potential threat both credit and non-credit related. LifeLock provides services to help cancel and replace your credit and/or debit cards if they are stolen. Their customer service is available 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. It is like a having your personal guardian watching over your identity.

The statistics pointing to who is most vulnerable to identity theft are alaming. Did you know that households earning more than $100,000 have the highest identity fraud rate at 7.4%. This  is even more alarming, 6.6% of identity theft victims are Smartphone users. And have you ever used the "Checked In" feature, that puts you at even greater risk at 8.2%. Those statistics are alarming!

How hack friendly is your password? If you have a password with only six characters and no symbol in your password then it will take an identity thief .000224 seconds to steal your identity. If you have 10 characters and one symbol it will take a professional 20 days to break in. Do you feel protected against identity theft?

Up for discussion in the comments below, have you ever been a victim of identity theft? How long did it take you to recover your identity? Would you think that LifeLock would help in keeping your identity protected?  Be sure and follow  LifeLock on Facebook for more tips on protecting your identity.

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6 comments:

  1. I have heard only great things about this product. My mom had her identity stolen by my brother of all people. one month and 18k later, she had to refinance her house in her sixties and not retire as planned

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  2. This is really scary, sounds like a great product:)

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  3. Definately need LifeLock in this day and age of high tech!
    Blessings!

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  4. This is so scary! I often change my passwords. I guess I should think of something trickier than what I have now!

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  5. How scary is that??? I cannot imagine!

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  6. I know a few people who have. Fortunately I haven't. I can't imagine the feeling of invasion like that.

    Dawn
    www.cheapisthenewclassy.com

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