Some people may not want to believe just how easy it can be to have your identity stolen. However, in 2011, 11.6 million adults in the U.S. were identity fraud victims. A total of $18 billion was lost among these cases, with the average cost per victim being $1,513.
When you start looking at the statistics, it makes the whole ordeal a lot more real.
Technology and the internet have made it much easier for this fraud to occur. Over 6% of victims own a smartphone, and over 10% of victims have a LinkedIn account. With the internet holding so much of your personal info, it's important to find a way to protect what's out there.
Sometimes all it takes is someone knowing your online password – or knowing how to hack it. How hack friendly is your password? Check out the infographic to learn more about protecting your password from hackers.
LifeLock can allow you to rest easy in regards to your identity. They offer several points of protection for your identity so that you aren't faced with the reality that other victims have gone through. LifeLock can monitor your credit as well as public and court records, giving you a monthly report to ensure your info is well protected.
Along with monitoring, LifeLock will periodically scan infamous websites to make sure that your personal info hasn't been sold. When a red flag is spotted, LifeLock will notify you and help you resolve the issue quickly. Being a member gives you their $1 Million Total Service Guarantee, which helps you recover your identify and solve any issues that may have been caused by the theft.
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Have you or someone you know been a victim of identity theft? If so, please share your experiences in the comments below. If not, what have you done to protect your identity from being stolen?