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Have The Smart Talk

Have The Smart Talk

Technology plays a starring role in protecting your identity. As a company, we, of course, think it’s important—and I love the stuff. But when it comes to my kids…well, everything seems to get murky. How much screen time is too much? When is technology opening doors for my son, and when is it becoming a crutch? And of course: what’s safe and what’s not?

There’s a reason LifeLock works hard to educate our members about how to proactively protect themselves, and why we train law enforcement agencies nationwide to keep them up to date on the methods used by identity thieves. Education is the best complement to technology when it comes to protecting yourself.

The-Smart-Talk-SquareI had been thinking about this a lot when I sat down with my oldest son to walk through The Smart Talk—a new tool we developed in partnership with the National PTA that helps parents and children easily agree on ground rules for safely using technology. My son is approaching his teenage years—an age where technology and online safety become much more important, and managing the risks involved is something best handled together. Both my son and I have things to learn, and we’re both responsible for his safety.

That Hacked Jeep May Be Just the Beginning

That Hacked Jeep May Be Just the Beginning

Remember that Wired story last month, about hackers remotely playing havoc with a Jeep? If you haven’t seen the video, check it out. It’s pretty unnerving—even though the driver was aware of the hack.

A Bloomberg article reports that cars could now become a target for other hackers—identity thieves—as shopping comes to cars. That’s right: shopping from your dashboard may soon be commonplace. And as we’ve already seen, anywhere people go to share credit card numbers and other personally identifiable information (PII), thieves can’t be far behind.

Sharing Your Personal Information

Sharing Your Personal Information

Who should I trust with my personal information?

It’s a question each of us should be asking ourselves, particularly in the wake of the Ashley Madison hack.

The dating website, based in Toronto, was marketed to would-be adulterers. On it, members shared not only names, addresses, phone numbers and birth dates, but also information about their sexual preferences. Criminals stole that data, along with details of credit card transactions.

Tips To Help Protect Your Identity When Buying a Car

Tips To Help Protect Your Identity When Buying a Car

Buying a car is typically an exciting process with a lot of variables to consider before making the big purchase. The car’s make and model, color scheme, sound system and engine type, are a few things you’ll have to consider. But what about the protection of your personally identifiable information (PII)? I’m talking about the information criminals can use to steal your identity.

When you buy a car, PII is constantly being exposed. Dealership will ask for it, and that’s fair. They want to know—as best they can—that their car shoppers are as reputable as you want the dealer to be. Providing your personal information is, ultimately, what allows you to buy and drive a car off of the lot.

Highlighted below are moments where PII can become vulnerable and at risk while buying a car. Consider these tips to help keep your identity protected.

Parents: Keep Your Kid’s Identity Safe As They Head Back to School

Parents: Keep Your Kid’s Identity Safe As They Head Back to School

In this LifeLock UnLocked post, our friends at the Identity Theft Resource Center offer information that may help parents keep their kid’s identity safe as they head back to school.

Parents: are you ready for your own Back to School education?

Back to school time is here, and planning is essential to get your children off to a great start. This year, along with shopping for supplies, include a little pre-school education for yourself on identity theft. Even though all forms of identity theft are on the rise, child identity theft is a particularly enticing option for thieves. Why? Because it may be years before it’s discovered.