June 21, 2010› The Truth About Social Media Identity Theft
Irvine, Calif., June 21, 2010 - The use of social media can increase consumer vulnerability to identity theft because of the amount and type of personal information people share on these networks. However, consumers do little or nothing to protect themselves, according to a recent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by ProtectMyID.com®, Experian's multilayered identity theft detection, protection and fraud resolution product.1
Although more than 80 percent of study respondents expressed concern about their security while using social media, more than half of these same individuals admitted they do not take any steps to actively protect themselves. This data clearly demonstrates that while people may acknowledge that security is important, many do nothing to protect their information online.
March 3, 2010› The truth behind medical identity theft
Irvine, Calif., March 3, 2010 - Medical identity theft is an alarming and often undetected offense affecting today's consumers, according to a recent survey conducted by The Ponemon Institute and sponsored by ProtectMyID.comTM, Experian's multi-layered identity theft detection, protection and fraud resolution product. According to the study, nearly 1.5 million Americans have been victims of medical identity theft.
For many, the notion of identity theft is both upsetting and daunting, but few individuals realize the specific severity and potential repercussions of medical identity fraud. It is estimated that the costs associated with this type of theft total about $28.6 billion - or approximately $20,000 per victim. Not only is resolution of medical fraud an especially arduous endeavor, but the difficulty of recognition and the potential associated costs also make it particularly dangerous.
Feb. 11, 2010› Online daters do not adequately protect themselves
Irvine, Calif., Feb. 11, 2010 - The immense popularity of online dating has necessitated an increased awareness for the risk of identity theft, according to a recent survey commissioned by ProtectMyID.comTM, Experian's multi-layered identity theft detection, protection and fraud resolution product.
According to this survey, nearly 50 percent of respondents involved in online dating do not take steps to verify the authenticity of a potential match prior to engaging in communication.1 This makes the online dating field ripe for identity theft.
Jan. 25, 2010› Adults unknowingly leave themselves open to social networking identity theft
Irvine, Calif., Jan. 25, 2010 - The rapid proliferation of the use of social networking sites among adults 45 and older, combined with the revealing results of a recent study commissioned by ProtectMyID.comTM, Experian's multi-layered identity theft detection, protection and fraud resolution product, demonstrates the need for awareness and education surrounding identity theft stemming from information people post online.
According to this study, 75 percent of respondents over the age of 45 actively utilize an online social network, yet alarmingly, more than half are not adequately protecting themselves from fraud.1
Nov. 30, 2009› Online shoppers may be misinformed regarding risks
Irvine, Calif., Nov. 30, 2009 - Consumers may have incorrect perceptions regarding identity theft while shopping for the holidays, according to a study commissioned by ProtectMyID.comTM, the multilayered identity theft detection, protection and fraud resolution product1. According to the survey, nearly 75 percent of all consumers feel that shopping online instead of at a retail location leaves them more vulnerable to identity theft. However, these sentiments are contrary to data showing that only one in 10 cases of identity theft occur as a result of online activity2.
The data also reveals that shoppers' fears regarding identity theft are heightened during the holiday season, as more than half of respondents felt that the time of year contributed to a greater all-around risk. This heightened fear combined with the busiest shopping period of the year underscores the need for education and awareness surrounding identity theft.
Oct. 19, 2009› ProtectMyID and the Identity Theft Resource Center announce partnership
Irvine, Calif., Oct. 19, 2009 - ProtectMyID.comTM, the multi-layered identity theft detection, protection and fraud resolution product, today announced its alliance with San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a nonprofit, nationally respected organization dedicated to supporting victims of identity theft and broadening public education of this crime. Through the alliance, the ITRC provides ProtectMyID.com with expertise, staff development seminars and collaboration on various identity theft/protection consumer education initiatives.
"The ITRC recognizes the benefits of ProtectMyID.com because it offers advanced identity theft protection, like daily Web sweeping and change of address notification," said Linda Foley, founder of the Identity Theft Resource Center. "Having personally been a victim of identity theft, I know firsthand that if I had been a member of ProtectMyID.com, their alerts would have served as early indicators that my identity had been compromised."
Sept. 3, 2009› New features enhance ProtectMyID
Irvine, Calif., Sept. 3, 2009 - ProtectMyID.comTM, the multi-layered identity theft detection, protection and fraud resolution product, today launched new enhancements, making it one of the industry's most comprehensive consumer identity theft protection products. ProtectMyID.com, a part of Experian, one of the most trusted brands in identity protection, was designed to help consumers prevent the damages caused by identity theft.
Premiering next week, an integrated marketing campaign kicks off with broadcast ads that depict reallife identity theft situations and demonstrate how ProtectMyID.com is able to protect and support its members.