CIC, the nation’s most trusted tenant screening provider, now offers Identity Guard®, a leading identity theft protection and credit monitoring service. For nearly three decades, CIC has proudly led the tenant screening industry in data security and wants to offer their customers an opportunity to sign up for Identity Guard. Identity Guard offers added security measures to monitor credit activity and public records, help protect personally identifiable information (PII) and help identity theft victims recover.
As people go about their day, they leave an electronic trail of PII, such as names, dates of birth, credit card numbers, addresses, online login names and passwords. Online shopping and even trips to the gas station or ATM can collect large amounts of PII from customers. While individuals take active measures to help protect themselves from potential identity theft threats, many times certain vulnerabilities are overlooked or go undetected for years like the Heartbleed bug.
“Having been in the background screening industry for many decades, I have heard consumers’ nightmares and the chaos which followed after having their identities stolen. Every adult should subscribe to a credit monitoring service covering not just one bureau, but all three. Proactive consumers can help thwart the thieves, which is why CIC partnered with Identity Guard” explained CIC’s President, Sabrina Bower.
Identity Guard monitors subscribers’ Experian, Equifax and TransUnion credit profiles for only $19.99/month. Prompt alerts are included in the service and customers have the choice of email, text and/or phone notifications. Identity Guard members can also view their credit report and score anytime in their dashboard and receive quarterly report updates which highlight certain changes to their reports. In addition, Identity Guard offers Social Security Number and bank account number monitoring. Child identity theft protection is available for purchase through Identity Guard® kID SureSM. This plan scours thousands of data sources searching for information related to your child. It is available to add to an Identity Guard membership for children under the age of 18, and it must be purchased by the legal guardian of the child.
In the event of identity theft, one-on-one guidance is available to help cancel credit cards and advise on the next steps to take. Identity Guard offers up to $1 million in identity theft insurance for expenses that result from the crime. Lost Wallet Protection allows clients to access up to $2,000 from one of their accounts.
A suite of software tools help protect PII through antivirus, anti-spyware and firewall protection. Keystroke encryption and password protection offer additional security measures. A mobile app is available for iPhone® and Android™ devices and Identity Guard provides users with unlimited toll-free customer service.
The threat of identity theft is much greater than data breaches that have been making front page news. Oversharing information about birthdays, paying off student loans, getting a new driver’s license, and posting on social media sites can make people vulnerable to identity theft. Geotagging social media status updates, tweets and photos from home also may result in an increased risk of identity theft, because financial institutions often use home addresses to verify a customer’s identity.
Be a proactive consumer and don’t become like one of the 13 million victims who had their identity stolen in 20131. For a free two week trial period of Identity Guard’s identity theft protection and recovery services, please visit the Identity Guard website.
12014 Javelin Identity Fraud Report, Javelin Strategy & Research