Reminds Consumers That Taking Precautions Against Identity Theft Can Also Defend Against Credit Report Damage

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Being Aware of Cybersecurity Is Vital For Preventing Identity Theft

October 8, 2010 - In commemoration of October being the seventh annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security,, a leader in credit report, credit score and credit monitoring services, reminds consumers that being wise about cybersecurity can guard their identity and credit score by preventing identity theft.

“Consumers should follow a few simple rules of cybersecurity regarding the way they use technology, in turn securing their own identity and stopping credit fraud and credit report damage before it happens,” said Samuel S. Ambrose, Vice President of Marketing and Operations of “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an appropriate time for companies like ours, that both conduct business on the web and also provide consumers with their personal credit report information, to remind people how they can keep themselves and their identities safe.”

Cybersecurity tips for preventing identity theft:

Always ensure that computers and any other devices that are connected to the web are secured by the most updated programs to defend against spyware and viruses.

Only make online purchases from companies that guarantee a 100% safe and secure online shopping experience. An indication that the page is secure is if the address in the browser’s address bar starts with https://. The "s" that is displayed after "http" indicates that Web site is secure. For example, the address of the page where consumers place their order with begins with Trust logos are also a sign that the site is secure.

Do not offer too much information on social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace. Full birthdates, favorite movies, mother’s maiden names, etc., are all information points that other institutions use to help verify your identity. Posting this information online can allow you to fall victim of someone committing ID theft from social networking.

Set strict privacy settings on social networking sites and make sure that your “friends” are people you actually know to thwart ID theft from social networking.

Consumers are warned not to fall victim to suspicious e-mail communication from people asking them to go to another site where they need to enter credit card, financial or other personal information.

Participate in a credit monitoring service to be aware of any changes in your credit report.

“Identity theft and credit fraud are the fastest growing crimes in America,” noted Ambrose. “Paying attention to cybersecurity is a smart step in securing not only one’s own safety, but preventing the headaches of dealing with an identity theft situation, especially one that goes unnoticed long enough to create credit report damage.”

Since 2004, has specialized in providing credit information and credit monitoring services to consumers to help them understand their credit report and score. encourages consumers to check their credit report from the 3 major credit bureaus on a regular basis.

Allison Tomek


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