This post was sponsored by Identity Guard®. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Is your child's information on the dark web? Have you considered whether your child's identity has been compromised online? Digital safety is a major concern these days. Luckily there are some easy ways to get answers to these important questions.
WHAT IS THE DARK WEB?
The dark web consists of encrypted online content that is not indexed by conventional search engines. It is also called the darknet. The content on the dark web does not appear through regular internet browsing activities.
To access the dark web you have to use specific browsers.
The information you will find on the dark web is typically websites, marketplaces, message boards, etc. which may promote illegal activities. There is a level of anonymity on the dark web and therefore it is often a hotbed for illegal drugs, hackers, pornography, stolen data, and other illegal content.
Needless to say, no parent would want to find out that their child's information was out on the dark web. The problem for parents is how do I know if my child's information is on the dark web??
IS MY CHILD'S INFORMATION ON THE DARK WEB?
Some people are not even aware that the dark web exists or that it is swimming with stolen data from data breaches, hackers, etc.
It may seem far-fetched to think that your innocent child's information could be on the dark web, but it is often found. Children today are online all the time. They have phones, tablets, laptops and they do enter their information online regularly.
Data breaches sometimes include your child's information depending on the website breached.
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO?
One thing parents can do to help protect their child's identity is to teach them about internet safety.
A few easy ways to start protecting your family from identity theft and fraud are:
- Teach your family to be very careful with their social security number.
- Do not carry it around with you.
- Memorize the number and be extremely selective of who you give the number to.
- When browsing on the internet, learn how to check URLs to make sure they are safe and secure. URL's should have https:// before the website URL. If there is no S the site may not be secure.
- Shredding sensitive documents is important. Do not throw documents with personal information in the trash can.
- Protect your family with identity theft protection.
GET PROTECTION WITH IDENTITY GUARD®
The best and easiest way to know what is going on with your identity and your family's identity is to get some protection and peace of mind.
Identity Guard is a service whose sole mission is to help consumers and businesses protect their identities. Identity Guard’s parent company, Aura, started in 1996 and has been able to evolve and keep up with the constantly changing landscape of identity fraud, privacy and data protection.
They have partnered with the world's most recognizable artificial intelligence, IBM® WatsonTM. Together they have built solutions that help detect threats to our identities and they help provide personalized guidance for customers about identity protection.
HOW IDENTITY GUARD CAN HELP PROTECT YOUR CHILD
I love how thorough the Identity Guard protection is. The Premier Family Plan covers my entire family. Identity Guard Family Plans cover all adults and children residing within the same household.
I am able to login to my dashboard and get a quick overview of any activity alerts, dark web alerts, threat alerts and even see my current credit score*.
It is simple to add my family members to the plan and I can see their overview also.
In my own experience, I was able to see in minutes that my own personal information has been found on the dark web 12 different places. These were all due to past data breaches. It tells me when the breach happened, the website involved and what steps I need to take to protect myself.
At this time there is not dark web activity for my 2 underage children!
The program is constantly scanning and monitoring millions of pieces of information and they have an alert system to let me know quickly if there is a problem.
In the event that I have a major identity theft issue, I will never have to deal with it alone. If they detect a threat, they will help me resolve it with expert guidance and a personal case manager from start to well beyond the finish. All while being covered by their $1 million insurance policy** with stolen fund reimbursement.
PROTECT YOUR FAMILY TODAY
The consequences of the dark web and stolen identities are huge. It can affect your child's ability to get a loan or a job in the future. This can truly be disastrous for individuals and families alike.
The best way to combat identity theft issues is to know when it happens so you can take action quickly.
Identity Guard does the hard work for you and helps you in the event you do have an issue.
Is your family protected?
* The score you receive with Identity Guard is provided for educational purposes to help you understand your credit. It is calculated using the information contained in your TransUnion credit file. Lenders use many different credit scoring systems, and the score you receive with Identity Guard is not the same score used by lenders to evaluate your credit.
** Identity Theft Insurance underwritten by insurance company subsidiaries or affiliates of American International Group‚ Inc. The description herein is a summary and intended for informational purposes only and does not include all terms, conditions and exclusions of the policies described. Please refer to the actual policies for terms‚ conditions‚ and exclusions of coverage. Coverage may not be available in all jurisdictions.
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That is frightening and definitely something our parents didn’t have to deal with! Thank you for sharing this. I don’t think we ever realize how much of a trail we leave.
I’m a little frightened to find out my results, but I’m so glad there is an easy way to monitor this! Thanks for sharing.