YOU ALREADY KNOW that identity theft could happen to you. You’re never more than a few headlines away from another wide-scale hack. But what are you supposed to do with that knowledge? According to a new service called Civic, the answer is simple: track your Social Security number.
If you’re like me, you’re an entrepreneur. We are so busy growing our businesses that we may not think about the risk of identity theft. After all, hackers go after big corporations. Right? Wrong! We are at greater risk of identity theft than large corporations. Yet, we have all seen company after company hacked putting Americans’ private information at risk.
Identity theft is rising in all sectors. It’s rampant in tax, the medical sector, and banking. There’s more money than ever before in the identity theft protectionindustry, as well. Yet consumers still feel as if they are in an impossible situation. Too much security and it becomes inconvenient to take advantage of a service. Too little security and there’s the risk that a hack attack will happen.
You may have heard the phrase, “If the product is free, then you are the product.” It was coined at a time in the not-too-distant past when social networks were in their infancy and we were all mesmerized by the fantastic services we could consume to keep in touch and interact with each other — all for free!