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Identity theft and Social Media protection under one roof

BullGuard Identity Protection provides protection against identity theft as well as offering parental control for social media. These features are a landmark development in the fight against cyber crime and cyber bullying, and are helping reshape the personal security landscape.  
This week we’re launching a new ground-breaking product, BullGuard Identity Protection. It has two elements to it: identity theft protection and social media protection. The product is unique in that it actively seeks out stolen data that is being traded in the deep web, and it puts power back in the hands of parents by helping them protect their children online.

Identity theft protection - How is BullGuard Identity Protection different from other software?

Most security solutions concentrate on protecting devices, which of course is necessary and good, but BullGuard Identity Protection takes this a step further by looking after your personal data and looking out for you if your information is stolen. There’s a thriving underground network on the deep web that sells stolen credit and debit card information. If, for example, you have used your cards to make purchases at an online fashion retailer, and that retailer is then hacked and all the customer information lifted off the server, then you could well find your details offered for sale on hacker forums. It happens all the time and is carried out on an industrial scale. Some of the sites that sell the information boast that they have fresh credit card information every day. What’s more they also offer ‘plastic’ services, that is, the buyer can have the card information ‘burnt’ onto new plastic for ATM and shop counter fraud. BullGuard Identity Protection provides protection against this online credit card fraud and online identity theft by constantly monitoring the forums and web site where card details are sold.  If your information turns up in one of these sites you’re automatically and immediately notified by email and SMS, alerting you to the information that has been stolen and where it was discovered. This allows you to take action.

Social Media protection for your children’s online safety

Social Media protection is the other element of BullGuard Identity Protection. It enables parents to monitor their social network activities without being intrusive. For example, it will automatically flag up information about potentially malicious websites or inappropriate content. The parameters are set up by parents and can include posts, messages and photos that contain violent or offensive content or even ‘suspicious’ friends who could be bullies or some kind of predator. With a general rise in both cyber bullying and also cyber blackmail, often with devastating consequences, it’s about time those charged with protecting the young and vulnerable had the tools to do so. This is what BullGuard Identity Protection offers – a strong line of defence that finally delivers child Facebook protection – and online identity protection. 

Written by Steve Bell

Steve has a background in IT and business journalism and has written extensively for both the UK national and trade press including The Guardian, Independent-on-Sunday, The Times, The Register, MicroScope and Computer Weekly. He's also worked for most of the world's largest IT companies producing content producing. He has a particular focus on IT security and has produced several magazines in this area.

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