Federal Trade Commission

Iron Clad Protection for Personal and Business Laptop Computers

According to the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigations, “Laptop theft is the second most common computer crime and less than 2 percent of those stolen laptops are ever recovered. Four in five (81%) of US firms have had at least one laptop stolen containing sensitive information according to a recent study.” According to Paul Stevens, Director of Policy and Advocacy with Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (a private advocacy group) there have been approximately 217 million records stolen in the past three years, 2005-2008.

Veterans: What You Should Know to Prevent and Recover from Identity Theft

In August 2006, the Veteran’s Administration contacted approximately 16,000 individuals regarding a theft of computer equipment containing veteran;s benefits information. In another instance over 26.5 million social security numbers were stolen when a federal employee’s laptop computer was stolen. How did this information get stolen? Wasn’t it protected by the government somehow?

Equifax: What You Should Know About Equifax And 3-in-1 Credit Monitoring Services

Equifax 3-in-1 credit monitoring has some nice options, including the identity theft insurance policy as well as the ability to customize your alerts. Although it’s not really clear if 3-in-1 monitoring, through Equifax or anyone else, will really provide complete access to all three credit reports, or an actual protection against Identity Theft. But this monitoring does offer the convenience of having all your credit monitoring, disputes, and insurance products in one package.