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Personal and financial online data protection
BullGuard Identity Protection is simple and is an effective way to protect yourself from identity theft, to keep your personal and financial information safe, whatever devices you use to access the Internet.
Identity Protection is only available for US, UK, Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, Ireland and Netherlands residents.
Identity theft is a growing phenomenon. It has always been around but in the digital age it’s much easier to carry out because so much information is online. It’s prolific in the US and has become increasingly common in Europe, especially in the UK.
Identity theft is the theft of someone’s personal information such as passport number, usernames, emails, phone numbers, driver’s licence details and banking details. It can be stolen directly or bought from identity thieves.
Identity information is stolen or fraudulently acquired to impersonate the victim for various purposes:
Gain access to the victim’s bank account or other online services such as email, entertainment services and so on. Evade legal prosecution or other consequences by providing false identities. For instance, a false identity might be used to avoid being put on the Sexual Offenders list. Applying for financial services such as loans and credit cards or other web-based services. This is known as financial fraud. Fraudulent loan applications are very common
ID theft is usually the result of companies and organisations that fail to secure the data they hold:
Vulnerable IT infrastructure allows attackers to enter servers and simply copy entire databases. Companies fail to take appropriate measures to securely store their data on their servers for instance when private user info is not encrypted. Disgruntled employees can leak information on the web that might enable an attacker to gain access to a business’ servers and copy private user information
When you set up an account, you enter the details you want to protect. This could be debit card and bank account numbers, passport details, email addresses and passwords. In short, its anything you hold valuable. BullGuard Identity Protection then monitors the web 24/7 for these details. Should they appear on the dark net, social media platforms, online forums or other online sites, you are notified immediately with advice on what steps you need to take.
The dark web is the part of the internet which can’t be accessed via normal browsers. It is ‘anonymous’ in that users can’t be traced. It’s also where you find ‘anonymous’ web sites that offer stolen card details and banks accounts for sale. For instance, some web sites offer hacked bank accounts for sale, stipulating how much is in the account and instructions on how to get the money out. The victim usually has no idea their bank account has been hacked. That said, stolen bank accounts tend to be from online services which are easier to hack than other accounts. The dark web is also typically the first place hackers go to when they have hacked stolen card details to offer them for sale.
It’s very simple. You have access to a portal which is secured with a password known only to you. You simply enter the details you want to protect and your contact details and that’s it. BullGuard Identity Protection then scours the internet, including the dark web, 24/7. When your details are first added a preliminary check is carried on the categorized information. If a match is found a warning is displayed in the BullGuard Identity Protection interface. In the 24/7 searches if your details are discovered you will receive an email or text message informing you.
You simply contact our 24/7 support team. This is a free service and expert staff will help answer your questions.