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Nothing is Free When It Comes to Protecting Your Identity

Jun 18, 2008
When it comes down to it, if time equals money, then nothing is free when it comes to protecting your identity. Although the federal government has made it possible for each citizen to protect their identity, many individuals do not realize that they must request these "free" services on a continuous basis. When taking into account the amount of time it takes to repeatedly request these "free" services, "free" can easily turn into thousands of dollars of financial ruin and thousands of hours spent trying to restore one's good name and credit. Fortunately, though, there is an economic way to protect your identity and prevent identity theft through a company called LifeLock. LifeLock's Identity Theft Prevention services can help you protect your identity and prevent identity theft in six valuable ways.

1. Fraud Alerts - Fraud Alerts are one way to protect your identity. Although placing a fraud alert on your credit file with each of the 3 major credit bureaus is free, in order to benefit from having a fraud alert on your credit file, you must request a new alert every 90 days. LifeLock takes the time and effort out of remembering to request fraud alerts by requesting these alerts for you every 90 days. Through this service, LifeLock ensures that there are no lapses in Fraud Alerts on your credit report.

2. Do Not Call or Mail Lists - Another way to protect your identity from being stolen is by removing your name from solicitation lists such as pre-approved credit card mailing lists and telemarketing lists. Although this can be done by anyone for free, this must be done on an annual basis. LifeLock takes the worry out of keeping up with the various numbers to call and places to write to have your name removed from solicitation lists each year by actively removing your name from such lists on an annual basis.

3. Credit Reports - LifeLock protects your identity by ordering your free credit reports from the credit bureaus, on your behalf, and sending these directly to you. This way you can check to see if you have had any unauthorized loans or credit cards opened in your name.

4. WalletLock - Ever lost your wallet? Every thought you lost your wallet? Chances are the first thing you did was to experience a sense of fear and panic. The second thing you probably did was to think, "What was in my wallet and how do I stop someone from using my credit cards?" With LifeLock's WalletLock system, there is no need to feel fear or panic if you lose your wallet. Through WalletLock you will be able to identify what was in your wallet and will be assigned a WalletLock specialist who will help you contact each credit card company, banking institution, and any state and federal agencies who issue driver's licenses, etc. to cancel the accounts and to begin the process of reinstating missing documents.

5. Identity Monitoring - One sure way to protect your identity is to know when someone has sold or changed your personal information on-line or on databases. With LifeLock's eRecon and TrueAddress systems, potential identity theft threats are detected and eliminated through searching criminal websites and nationwide databases for trading and selling of your personal information or by making changes to your address. LifeLock also ensures that thieves do not open new bank accounts in a subscriber's name by monitoring check systems.

6. Recovering Your Identity - LifeLock understands that there is no way to prevent all forms of identity theft from occurring. Therefore, LifeLock offers a $1,000,000 total service guarantee if someone happens to discover a weakness in their system and uses it to steal your identity. If necessary, LifeLock will provide attorneys, investigators, accountants, case managers, etc. to restore your good name and, if you lose money as a result of the theft, LifeLock will reimburse you the amount of money lost.

There are ways to protect your identity which will only cost you in terms of time and effort; however, there is no guarantee that you will recover your money and good name if your identity is stolen. LifeLock's Identity Protection services offer six ways to save you time and effort in protecting your identity, preventing identity theft, and guaranteeing to recover your money and restore your good name if your identity is stolen.
About the Author
Jed Jenson is concerned about identity theft in the world today. To get more identity theft advice, visit here.
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