If you’ve been following me for any length of time you know my priority is safety. I occasionally post about safety topics other than those which are directly weather-related.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Being online as much as I am, cybersecurity is one of the things I spend a lot of time thinking about. When ID Shield sent me these two white papers last week, they were something I wanted as many people to see as possible.

They are produced by Kroll, a Global Leader in Risk Mitigation and Response. They outline several easy steps you can take to improve your online security. Some are obvious, while others I didn’t ever think about.

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I’m pretty confident you or someone you know has been the victim of identity theft.

Since you started reading this, more than two dozen people have had their identity stolen. (Source)

It can happen to anyone:

We think of credit card information as the main risk, but medical data theft is becoming more lucrative, and financial ID theft accounts for less than 20% of all ID theft cases. (Source) The kind of identity theft that occurred in this story happens most often: Tax ID Theft Is the Most Commonly Reported Type – accounting for 46% of reported incidents. (Source)

My employer started offering LegalShield and IDShield as a voluntary benefit recently. I’ve already made use of some of the services. (Full disclosure: as of this week, I am able to sell these products as well as being a pleased member.)

If you’d like to find out more about IDShield and the restoration services it includes, please visit my site here.