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Posted on June 30, 2015 by in Identity & Privacy, Personal

There are many moments in life when you deliberate over that extra measure of protection. Do you need to apply sunblock if you’re sitting under a beach umbrella’s shade? Is overdraft protection helpful if you always keep money in your bank account? Do I need identity theft protection?

When it comes to identity theft, the threats keep growing. Putting protection into place can help prevent criminal activity, and it’s also a significant measure of insurance. With identity theft protection, if anything does go wrong, you have the support you need to minimize the impact of financial loss and reduce time spent recovering your good name.

Criminals target everyone from children to the elderly, and they’re hacking systems that give them data on your health, finances, job, location and more. Here are some frightening facts on the current state of identity theft:

Protect Yourself and Your Family

Because of significantly growing threats that can target you in multiple ways — through your health insurance, tax returns, retail purchases and even employment records —identity theft prevention and protection has become more important than ever.

You would never think of handing over your credit card information or bank statements to a stranger. And you would never offer to open an account in your name for someone you’ve never met. But without identity theft protection in place, that’s exactly what you risk doing, every day.

A recent ABC News story noted, “While it’s impossible to avoid some of the fallout from identity theft after it’s detected, it’s not possible to prevent these crimes.” So get smart about identity theft protection — from being more aware of your data storage habits to enrolling in a product like IdentityForce’s UltraSecure, which monitors your personal information 24/7 and notifies you quickly of any suspicious activity. If any identity theft damage does occur, IdentityForce will be with you every step of the way to help you restore your identity.

Do I need identity theft protection? The answer is “yes.” So, apply that sunblock, safeguard your financial accounts and prevent identity theft — sometimes, just a little extra protection will stop serious damage from striking.

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