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LifeLock Embarks On Education Campaign During National Internet Safety Month

LifeLock : 07 June, 2010  (Company News)
Identity theft specialist company is supporting the US National Internet Safety Month during June with consumer education regarding the online threats relating to identity theft
The United States Senate has passed a resolution declaring the month of June National Internet Safety Month, and LifeLock is educating consumers about potential online identity theft threats.

Throughout the month of June, Internet safety organizations, law enforcement, educators and others are encouraged to amplify their efforts to raise the awareness level of the potential threats that lurk online, including the potential threats of identity theft.

"Every day there are millions upon millions of consumers around the world using peer-to-peer file sharing networks to download or share movies, software or other documents over the Internet," said Todd Davis, Chairman and CEO of LifeLock. "Identity thieves are using these same networks to peer into computers and access files like tax returns that contain the personally identifiable information of consumers, potentially putting unknowing consumers at risk for identity theft. It's in the best interest of consumers everywhere to uninstall file-sharing programs to lessen their vulnerabilities."

Users of file-sharing networks can inadvertently expose the contents of entire hard drives containing personal information to others on the network. By simply searching for specific keywords, identity thieves are able to access and download personal information of thousands upon thousands of individuals. Footage from The Today Show on Feb. 26, 2009 demonstrated the dangers of these networks. They found an astounding 25,800 student loan applications, more than 150,000 tax returns and nearly 626,000 credit reports, all made easily accessible on file-sharing networks.

In addition, many consumers are not aware of the ways in which the people they trust with their personal information store that information or keep it private, such as doctors or employees of financial institutions. According to a Washington Post article published Feb. 23, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission warned nearly 100 organizations, including companies, schools and local governments, that the personal information of their customers and/or employees had been leaked onto file-sharing networks. The information found included Social Security numbers, health information and drivers' licenses.

LifeLock claims to be the only US-based company to offer peace of mind with an identity theft solution that helps detect personal information breaches via peer to peer file-sharing networks and provides closed-loop resolution. Now, with LifeLock Command Center membership, LifeLock provides a comprehensive service that helps put a stop to these online data breaches. This exclusive service uses the latest advancements in technology to actively search file-sharing networks worldwide for consumers' personal information.

LifeLock alerts members to many other potential identity theft threats, patrols over 10,000 criminal Web sites for the illegal selling of personal information, helps cancel or replace the contents of a lost or stolen wallet (excludes pictures, cash, and other monies) and more, giving consumers peace of mind 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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