Latest Data Breach Spotlights Need for Identity Restoration

ADA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Thursday's report that hackers stole personal information affecting as

many as 15 million T-Mobile wireless customers--including Social Security

numbers, home addresses, birthdates and other personal

information--spotlights the fact there is no private investigator in singapore such thing as ironclad data

security.

The announcement is only the latest in a series of high profile data

security breaches affecting private businesses and the United States

Government. The risk of identity theft is a reality for the millions of

Americans whose personal data is stored on public and private servers.

Identity theft last year accounted for financial losses of $25 billion

in the United States alone.

"Everyone's talking about data security these days, but the truth is no

data system is immune to security breaches or hackers, placing every

American at risk of identity theft," said Jeff Bell, CEO of LegalShield.

"It's important not only to take steps to prevent identity theft, but

also to have a plan to restore your identity when it's stolen."

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates the average identity theft

victim invests more than 200 hours and spends a total of 18 months

resolving the issue with credit reporting agencies. "The identity theft

victim's life is effectively hijacked, and they need dedicated

professionals to help get it back," said Bell. A victim's stolen

information--Social Security and credit card numbers, and dates of

birth--often land on the "dark" web, where they're bought and sold by

criminal groups that operate around the globe.

To mitigate the effects of security breaches and restore the good names

of identity theft victims, LegalShield earlier this year launched

IDShield with Kroll, which was recently named a leader in customer data

breach notification and response services. For a monthly fee, IDShield

monitors consumers' identities, including their SSN, credit cards, and

bank accounts; as well as their names, address, date of birth, drivers

license and passport numbers, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and

medical identification private investigator numbers.

If a member's status changes, the member receives an e-mail update. If a

member spots suspicious or fraudulent activity, he or she can contact a

licensed private investigator immediately and begin restoring his or her

identity. IDShield offers the only team of licensed private

investigators in the consumer identity restoration industry.

"It's important to monitor what matters, but the only real way to

prepare for identity theft is to have a dedicated team of licensed

private investigators ready to restore your identity when it's

compromised," said Bell.

The company will invest up to $5 million to restore the victims'

identities to their pre-theft status if their personal information is

ever compromised or stolen. To date, the service has helped more than

one million individuals.



For more information about the effects of identity theft and how

consumers can protect their identities, visit www.IDShield.com.



About LegalShield

LegalShield is one of the nation's leading providers of legal safeguards

for individuals, families, and small businesses. LegalShield also offers

one of the industry's most affordable identity theft plans, with

identity theft protection for the entire family for the cost most

competitors charge to cover a single individual. LegalShield legal plans

cover more than 1.4 million families and 3.7 million lives across North

America. More than 34,000 companies offer the LegalShield plan to their

employees as a voluntary benefit. For as low as $20 per month,

LegalShield members get access to attorneys with an average of 19 years

of experience in such areas as family matters, estate planning,

financial and business issues, consumer protection, tax, real estate,

benefits disputes and auto/driving issues. Unlike other legal plans or

do-it-yourself websites, LegalShield has dedicated law firms in 49

states and four provinces in Canada that members can call for help

without having to worry about high hourly rates. In 2013 alone,

LegalShield firms received more than 1.8 million calls from members. For

more information, visit http://www.LegalShield.com

or call 800-654-7757.

About Kroll

Kroll is the leading global provider of risk solutions. For more than 40

years, Kroll has helped clients make confident risk management decisions

about people, assets, operations, and security through a wide range of

investigations, cyber security, due diligence and compliance, physical

and operational security, and data and information management services.

Headquartered in New York with more than 50 offices across nearly 30

countries, Kroll has a multidisciplinary team of over 2,000 employees

and serves a global clientele of law firms, financial institutions,

corporations, non-profit institutions, government agencies, and

individuals. For a complete download of the above-mentioned report "The

Forrester WaveTM: Customer Data Breach Notification and

Response Services, Q3 2015," click here:http://info.kroll.com/forrester.

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