ID theft is a serious problem. Even if you take precautions on your own to limit the risk of ID theft, you’re still at the mercy of third parties (banks, retail stores, hospitals, government agencies and so on) that collect and store personal information.
These institutions are breached with dismaying regularity—so much so that a playbook has emerged for organizations that expose data: a carefully scripted “apology” from an executive, the empty assurance that they take seriously the protection of customer information, and the offer to pay for a credit monitoring service for some period of time, typically a year.
Some companies also make a business out of credit monitoring and ID theft, offering paid services to individuals and organizations to monitor for potential abuse.
In the latest issue of Human Infrastructure Magazine we asked readers if they use a credit monitoring or ID theft service, whether out of an abundance of caution, or because it was offered to them by an organization that was breached. 27 readers responded to our survey.
55% of respondents answered with an outright “No.” Only 7% pay for credit or ID monitoring out of pocket.
22% get a service that’s paid for by a third party, and 14% were offered a service, but declined.
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