When I first started this site 8 years ago I kept track of my passwords on a notepad beside my computer. But at that time I still had a flip phone – without a camera… Then smartphones happened, Facebook blew up, twitter, instagram, online shopping and my digital footprint got bigger.. Now almost every site you visit needs you to sign in.
My password book has been replaced with a ‘vault’ that contains the information for the more than 200 online accounts I have registered to my name. But how do I know it is all safe? In the past year card security breaches have been widespread. Just last week it was reported that close to 5 million Gmail account passwords had been leaked. In fact we can barely go a week without hearing about hundred of thousands of accounts, passwords and credit cards that have been hacked. It really freaks me out because when you give someone your information you believe they have the technology to keep it safe – but that’s not always the case..
As a mom with two busy boys I don’t have time to monitor the web everyday to ensure my digital life is safe. Even a simple Facebook password breach could result in scammers getting pertinent information about you that could allow them to steal your identity. Scary right?
Each year it is estimated that 15 million U.S. residents have their identities used fraudulently – with financial losses totalling upwards of $50 billion. The last thing any family wants is to find out that their credit has been damaged because someone has been using their identity. I can honestly say – this is one of my biggest fears. With everything in life being sooo digital, it becomes easier and easier for hackers to get your information and use it without you even knowing.
September is national self-improvement month, which means it is a great time to get everything in order before the busy holiday season hits. We have teamed up with Lifelock to create awareness about identity theft and the importance of protecting your family against it.
Their service, which starts at just $9.95/month, monitors your accounts and notifies you of any action. Did someone apply for a credit card in your name? They will let you know. Did someone apply for a loan in your name? They’ll let you know that as well!
Was there a security breach at a store you shopped at? LifeLock provides notifications of these breaches. They will also spend up to $1 million to hire experts, lawyers, investigators, consultants and whoever else it takes to help your recovery if you become a victim of identity theft while a LifeLock member.
What’s your number one scare about having your identity stolen? Mine is finding out that someone has racked up tens of thousands of dollars under my name. We all need to do more to ensure that doesn’t happen.
As part of our partnership with Lifelock we have been given a 10% off promo code “LifeLockSafety” to help our readers save a little more.
For more information, please visit http://lifelock.com
“Disclosure: This post was sponsored by LifeLock as part of their September Self Improvement Campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.”