This New Year Resolve to Protect Your Identity

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Traditionally, New Year's has been a time to reflect on the past year and set positive goals for the coming year. Although "losing weight" and "getting out of debt" usually make the list, why not resolve to protect your identity? While many people have a standing New Year's resolution they commit to every January, only to lose momentum somewhere along the way, protecting your identity is much easier than starting a diet or going on a budget.

Traditionally, New Year's has been a time to reflect on the past year and set positive goals for the coming year. Although "losing weight" and "getting out of debt" usually make the list, why not resolve to protect your identity? Here are four good reasons why you should:

1. Never underestimate the power of the criminal mind.
Whether they are sending out official-looking "phishing" emails to try to "hook" you in to revealing your personal information or snooping through your mailbox for checks or pre-approved credit offers that they can use to steal your identity, identity thieves today seem to be more clever and more ruthless.

2. Who wants to spend lots of time and money to reclaim their identity?
Victims of identity theft can spend hundreds of hours of personal time and thousand of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses to restore their good name. Imagine how busy you are now with work, family and trying to ride out the economic storm. You certainly don't want the added hassle and frustration of having your identity stolen.

3. You could be a victim of a data breach and not know it.
Almost every week there is a data breach at some company, hospital, university, or government entity. Your name, address, Social Security number, and credit card number could fall into the wrong hands without your knowledge. Although not all data breaches result in an identity theft, the potential damage is a very real concern.

5. Now more than ever, it pays to have good credit.
As banks, lenders and credit card companies adjust their lending practices, there has never been a more important time to keep a close eye on your credit. You certainly don't want a stolen identity to prevent you or delay you from getting your next home loan, car loan or credit card.

While many people have a standing New Year's resolution they commit to every January, only to lose momentum somewhere along the way, protecting your identity is much easier than starting a diet or going on a budget.

There are a number of trusted identity protection products on the market which offer important benefits such as daily 3-Bureau credit report monitoring, email alerts of credit report changes, fraud resolution assistance and monetary reimbursement for certain out-of-pocket expenses.

About ProtectMyID.comâ„¢:
ProtectMyID.com is a leading, full-service provider of proactive identity theft detection, protection and fraud resolution. ProtectMyID.com offers comprehensive identity theft protection products supported by experienced identity theft resolution professionals who deliver personal attention that customers can rely on. ProtectMyID.com is a Web site owned by ConsumerInfo.com Inc., an Experian company. For more information about how ProtectMyID.com helps consumers protect themselves against identity theft, please visit ProtectMyID.com

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