Straight Talk about Identity Theft Monitoring Services


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Copyright © 2008-2014
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Posted July 28, 2008

Hardly a day goes by without hearing about someone becoming a victim of identity theft or learning about another data breach. The exposure of Social Security numbers (SSNs) and other personal information can increase consumers’ risk of identity theft. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse’s Chronology of Data Breaches documents over 230 million records that have been compromised due to security breaches since January 2005. http://www.privacyrights.org/ar/ChronDataBreaches.htm

Faced with these alarming statistics, many consumers have turned to credit monitoring services for protection. Identity theft monitoring services may sound like a good way to protect your good credit and your good name. However, many of these services are overpriced and are not worth the money that they cost.

How effective are these services in protecting consumers from identity theft? Do their costs justify the protection provided? Are there effective alternatives available to consumers at lower cost?

The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has issued a new guide to these services entitled “Straight Talk about Identity Theft Monitoring Services.” This Fact Sheet examines these issues and more. The guide is available online at: www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs33-CreditMonitoring.htm

 

 

 
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