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Posts in ‘Credit Monitoring’

A Three-Bureau Report: Why Do They Help?

Jul 13

A Three-Bureau Report: Why Do They Help? When it comes to your credit, most people know there are three main credit reporting agencies. How they’re different is something that’s less clear. People know that each maintains a credit report for them, but why would there be reasons to look at information from more than one? What’s the point of looking at your […]

The Difference between Credit Alerts and Credit Freezes

Oct 07

The Difference between Credit Alerts and Credit Freezes Fraud is one of the most serious threats to your credit. A fraud alert and security freeze can help to protect it.

Infographic: Debt & Credit by Generation

Mar 28

Ever wonder how the generations stack up in terms of credit and debt? This infographic shows just that, and reminds us that while we're all at different stages, we have something to protect.

What ProtectMyID Gives Its Members

Dec 23

What ProtectMyID Gives Its Members ProtectMyID was founded with the purpose of protecting its members’ identities and we are more committed than ever to protecting our members from identity theft. Here’s how we help keep your identity safe.

Don’t Get Scrooged: Cyber Theft During the Holidays

Oct 28

Don’t Get Scrooged: Cyber Theft During the Holidays By John Sileo, Identity Theft Author and Speaker Online shopping during the holidays is a convenient, green, inexpensive way to share the joy of the season. In 2010, Cyber Monday was the heaviest online spending day in history and the first to surpass the billion-dollar threshold ($1.028 billion). But as you gear up for the holidays (yes, it’s here already), don’t forget to take simple precautions to keep your credit card, banking and identity information safe.

What I’ve Learned About Cybersecurity as a Victim Advisor

Oct 21

What I’ve Learned About Cybersecurity as a Victim Advisor By Gabby Beltran, Identity Theft Resource Center One of the common recommendations for individuals when it comes to protecting their identity is to safeguard their information and watch what they post over the internet. With an increase in Smartphone and mobile device usage, accessibility to social networking sites has literally translated to having something within one’s easy reach – the tap of our fingertips. Social networking sites have revolutionized how we communicate and what we do on the internet. As a result, the protection of the information stored in these devices or shared through these forms of internet communication has become a growing concern.

Family, Friend or Foe?: What You Need to Know About Familial and Friendly Fraud

Oct 19

Family, Friend or Foe?: What You Need to Know About Familial and Friendly Fraud By Chuck Whitlock, Identity Theft Author and Investigative Reporter An old adage warns, “Trust no one.” Sadly, when it comes to protecting your identity, these words should become your mantra. While faceless scammers on the Internet or other strangers are often the main suspects in identity thefts, the biggest threat to your identity may be posed by someone who is close to you, even someone you love.

5 Things You Can Do Today To Protect Your Identity

Oct 17

5 Things You Can Do Today To Protect Your Identity By Gabby Beltran, Identity Theft Resource Center When it comes to protecting your identity, often times it translates to being proactive. Taking the initiative to look after your personal identifying information is undeniably the best thing you can do. There are areas that are out of your control, but for those areas where you are primarily responsible – keep the following in mind.

DEFEND Yourself from Cybercrime

Oct 06

DEFEND Yourself from Cybercrime To help consumers “DEFEND” themselves against cyberthieves, Experian’s ProtectMyID and Identity Theft Expert Chuck Whitlock offer the following tips:

Identity Theft and Your Credit Score

Sep 28

Identity Theft and Your Credit Score Last week, I was speaking with a good friend and member of ProtectMyID. She was mugged three years ago and became a victim of identity theft shortly thereafter. Her data has been sold multiple times and many people across the country have tried to open accounts in her name. Some have been successful and some have been stopped before the damage was done. Believe it or not, she is still affected by identity theft today. In fact, she was recently telling me that despite the fraud alerts on her credit files, ProtectMyID recently alerted her to another account that was opened in her name and submitted to collections. The timing of this was disastrous for her as she was in the middle of refinancing.