Most of us understand the dangers but how to go about stopping identity theft is another matter. Sure we can sign up with one of the credit monitoring companies that have sprung up over the last few years but what do they actually do for their monthly fee and are we supposed to just pay it for the rest of our lives?
Besides, all credit monitoring does is warn you when someone is trying to open a new line of credit in your name. They can’t do a thing about the criminal who’s online emptying the savings account you spent your life trying to fill.
Neither can they do anything to stop someone applying for a drivers license in your name as Todd Davis the CEO of Lifelock recently found out (at least 20 criminals have used his social security number to illegally obtain a license).
A fraud alert can’t stop someone using your good name to get a job and then rob their new employer or use your name for medical insurance scams.
Don’t get me wrong, a fraud alert is a useful tool and I show you exactly how to set one up in around 2 minutes and 100% free, it’s just that they are limited in their effectiveness and are in no way the silver bullet Lifelock claimed they were before a U.S. District Judge told them they were acting illegally by setting them up on behalf of their customers (you can set up your own, just not employ someone to do it for you).
So you know you need to be proactive and take reasonable steps to safeguard yourself from the dangers of identity theft but finding out exactly what you should be doing and how to do it has more than likely proved elusive… Read more…