TrustedID is a credit monitoring service that does online and TV/Radio promotions around their guarantee to provide one million dollars of identity theft insurance, the ability to limit who sees your credit report, review who has seen your credit report (i.e. is it being reviewed by people you trust), and it also gives you free search engine searches, to determine if your social security number has been compromised. If you would like to have these protections, you may want to take a look at TrustedID, which markets themselves as a different kind of consumer credit protection service. TrustedID is one of many credit monitoring, identity theft protection companies available to consumers that is available independently and not through one of the three major credit reporting agencies of TransUnion, Experian, or Equifax. It is located in Redwood City, CA and you may visit their website or call 1.888.548.7878 for additional information regarding their company.
TrustedID’s credit monitoring service has been featured in such publications as Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. Its services have also been featured online at CNNMoney.com and CNBC. It is recognized by the Identity Theft Resource Center.
Equifax Inc. is most often recognized as being one of the top three consumer credit reporting agencies, including Experian and TransUnion.
Equifax was founded in 1899 as Retail Credit Company and is the oldest of the three agencies. By 1920 it had offices in the United States and Canada and by the 1960’s protected millions of credit histories. It has now been in business for 107 years providing consumer and business services. In 1975 it changed its name to Equifax. It is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as EFX, and is a Standard and Poor’s (S&P) 500 company. Although its corporate headquarters is Atlanta, Georgia, it employs 4,600 people worldwide in 13 countries and reports $1.4 billion in revenue.
During the 1960’s and 1970’s, Equifax came under criticism for the extensive nature of information that it was obtaining about consumers. This included information about an individual and other private parts of a person’s life like marital status, employment, sex life and political affiliation. Much of the criticism was due to not only the extensive nature of the information, but the methods by which it was obtained, and their willingness to “sell” the information.
Identity theft is a serious crime– not only to you and your family, but to your finances, your emotional well being and your future. Find out just how far-reaching the damages are to individuals and businesses.
Another European program making inroads into the North American market, BitDefender is headquartered in Bucharest, Romania and is ranked as one of the top 100 private companies in Europe. Its antivirus and computer security programs are currently installed on more than 41 million computers in over 200 countries around the world.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act is basically the who, what, when, where, why, and how of an individual’s credit rights. It is an American; federal law which was most recently (2006) revised to include new methods of reporting and collection of information to keep up to date with new methods and technology.
Read more for how this important law protects you.
Kapersky germinated in 1989, when Russian computer technician Eugene Kaspersky found the Cascade virus on his PC. He developed his own anti-virus program and purged the little monster, and released his program to the public in 1993.
Since then, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab has developed into a multi-national company with offices in Europe, Asia, and North America, and with Eugene Kaspersky still in R&D. Although the company’s software is currently better known in Eastern Europe and Asia, it’s growing in popularity elsewhere, particularly after Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6 won the PC World Editor’s Choice award for Antivirus programs in 2007.
Kaspersky Lab offers three consumer products: Anti-Virus 7, Internet Security 7, and new Mobile Security.
Kapersky Antivirus (pricey at $59.95 per year) detects all the usual suspects, including Trojans, viruses, and worms, and it also scans for spyware, adware, and keyloggers at the same time. The program gives strong and prompt detection, with the malware database automatically updating every hour and the signatures of new virus and spam attacks added to the database within one to two hours of the outbreak’s first report.
I recently conducted an interview with Ed Kim, from Symantec, and we had a great conversation about the history of Symantec, why Norton and Symantec joined forces, and what the companies are doing together to create anti virus, internet security, and utilities solutions for home and business uses.
We’re going to be talking about a how you can get a free registry cleaner program called RegCure here (and perhaps other registry cleaners) very soon at IdentityTheftSecrets.com, but before we do, it’s important to start giving you some background on what a system registry is and what it does.
So, the Windows registry is a directory which stores settings and options for the operating system for Microsoft Windows.
The registry is a place where information and settings for all the hardware, operating system software, most non-operating system software, users, preferences of the PC, and a whole bunch of other stuff is stored.
Whenever a user makes changes of any significance within the computer, the changes are stored in the registry.
So, hopefully that makes sense?
After Windows introduced the Registry, it beame apparent that there was a need for a program designed to clean the registry, hence the name registry cleaner.
A registry cleaner is a type of program for Microsoft Windows operating system designed to attempt to remove unneeded or unwanted items from the Windows registry.
This can happen if you have had Spyware, Scumware, Adware, or another malicious program downloaded onto your machine, and it left behind traces of itself.
It could also happen for the less malicious but equally annoying situation where someone didn’t write an uninstall program correctly
Why might you need or want a registry cleaner?
As mentioned, some uninstallers for Windows software do not completely remove all traces of the software from the registry. If you’ve downloaded free software that may have malicious intent, or if you’ve downloaded software which may not have been designed with the best of intentions (have you been downloading free music using a program you got from some random site?), it’s possibly you have icky stuff sitting in the registry of your computer.
Some programs which are designed to do malicious things to your computer don’t come with uninstallers at all, and you end up manually removing them from your computer.
IdentityTheftSecrets interviewed the CEO of SpamBully, Mr. Paul Jendrasiak.
SpamBully is a spam filter that’s been rated “Best Buy” by WIRED Magazine, rated “5 cows” by Tucows (For whatever that’s worth… apparently 5 cows worth), has appeared in the book Fighting Spam for Dummies, USA Today, Wall Street Journal online, and other noted media outlets.
That’s all well and good, but we wanted to go to the source of the software to find out what SpamBully was really all about. In this interview, you’ll be able to hear what IdentityTheftSecrets found out about SpamBully.