Identity Theft Protection

What's Your Identity Worth?

Dec 18, 2018

As anyone who's encountered identity theft will attest: it's an extremely invasive experience and victims can spend weeks, months, or even years trying to repair it. More disturbing are the psychological and emotional costs of recovery: how much would you have to endure to restore your identity?

Medical identity theft is on the rise. Someone's medical information fetches a high price on the Dark Web. Identity thieves who get a hold of your health insurance information can do a variety of things, from using your name and personal information to get medical procedures, order prescriptions, and run bills that exceed your benefit limit!

Few groups are as attractive to identity thieves as seniors. Instances of medical fraud are rising because it's can be easier to prey upon seniors with scams that get them to reveal their names, addresses, birthdays, and other personal information. Plus, until recently, Medicare IDs included Social Security numbers as part of the account number.

Identity thieves have faster, more sophisticated techniques at their disposal than ever before. With dozens of free password-cracking tools available on the internet, recent reports show that passwords can be cracked in minutes. Compare that to what seems like endless phone calls, paperwork, and office visits required to prove identity theft occurred and re-establish your own identity. Who's got time for that?

Children make attractive targets for identity theft. Hackers take advantage of the fact that Social Security numbers are often issued at a very young age, yet they might not be used regularly for years. In the meantime, SSNs can be bought and sold several times over on the Dark Web.

Your personal information could be sold for pennies on the dollar. Your identity if worth a lot more.

What you don't see can hurt you. If you become a victim of identity theft, LifeLock will work to fix it. With the LifeLock Million Dollar Protection™ Package†††, you'll be covered for stolen funds and personal expenses up to the limit of your plan.

No one can prevent all identity theft or monitor all transactions at all businesses.

†††Reimbursement and Expense Compensation, each with limits of up to $1 million for Ultimate Plus, up to $100,000 for Advantage and up to $25,000 for Standard. And up to $1 million for coverage for lawyers and experts if needed, for all plans. Benefits under the Master Policy are issued and covered by United Specialty Insurance Company (State National Insurance Company, Inc. for NY State members). Policy terms, conditions and exclusions at:

Editorial note: Our articles provide educational information for you. NortonLifeLock offerings may not cover or protect against every type of crime, fraud, or threat we write about. Our goal is to increase awareness about cyber safety. Please review complete Terms during enrollment or setup. Remember that no one can prevent all identity theft or cybercrime, and that LifeLock does not monitor all transactions at all businesses.

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