National Adoption Day and LifeLock

National Adoption Day and LifeLock

The happiest place on earth last Friday was not Disneyland. It was the Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court in Monterey Park, California.

On that special day, also known as National Adoption Day, more than 160 legal adoptions took place and resulted in brand new forever families for some of the most deserving parents and children.

As a proud sponsor of The Alliance for Children’s Rights, a non-profit organization that helped facilitate many of these adoptions, LifeLock was given a unique opportunity to play a role at Friday’s event. More on that later.

And I personally had the honor and the pleasure to bear witness to a number of these adoptions. Some were familial adoptions, while others were unrelated foster adoptions, but one thing they all had in common was the uncontrollable outpour of love and affection between parent and child.

Sitting in the back of the courtroom, it was difficult not to tear up. When these parents pledged their unconditional love for these kids, some of whom have seen more than their fair share of heartaches and obstacles in such a short number of years on this earth, I was touched.

However, I think what touched me even more was when a child interrupted the presiding judge and court proceedings because she insisted on sitting in her mommy’s lap. That moment completely blurred the lines of a traditional family and brought into focus how truly life changing these adoptions can be.

National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. We at LifeLock are incredibly proud to be a part of this effort.

We partnered with The Alliance in 2014 as a part of our ongoing consumer education efforts to help protect potential victims of identity theft. Since identity theft disproportionately affects foster children, we work to educate them and their advocates on how to better protect themselves and provide identity restoration services to those who have already fallen victim to identity theft or fraud.

Our unique role on Friday? We brought in a photographer, and as each family completed its adoption paperwork, we invited them to step in front of the camera to take their first official family portrait. Their smiles were contagious, and their families are forever.

Posted by Christina Zhao, manager, LifeLock for Good

5 Tips for Safer Online Shopping this Holiday

5 Tips for Safer Online Shopping this Holiday

Nearly half of holiday shopping this year will be done online—46 percent. That figure, from the National Retail Federation, is up slightly from last year and is another sign that U.S. consumers remain very comfortable with cyber shopping.

No doubt, your inbox is already filled with “Black Friday” emails, as multitudes of retailers work to win your heart—and your pocketbook—on the big, post-Thanksgiving shopping day. As you plan your holiday spending, here are five simple online-shopping tips that may help you protect your money and your identity:

Be Careful of Identity Theft on Business Travel

Be Careful of Identity Theft on Business Travel

Here’s an identity theft tidbit that business travelers may want to keep in mind: If you’ve frequently traveled for work, you’re more likely to have been a victim of identity theft—much more likely, in fact, when compared to those who haven’t traveled for work.

As one who occasionally travels on business, this information caught my eye.

The Poetry Method of Passwords

The Poetry Method of Passwords

A password that’s difficult to crack and easy to remember? Try something poetic.

Two computer scientists at the University of Southern California say randomly generated poems are a solution to the password issues we face every day.

Based on research, Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Knight decided that a 60-bit password string would be pretty secure, at least more so than the typical passwords that most of us would come up with on our own.

An example of a 60-bit password? Try this:


What To Do With That Breach Notification Letter

What To Do With That Breach Notification Letter

Our friends at the Identity Theft Resource Center advise us about steps to take when we receive a data breach notification.

With record numbers of data breaches occurring year after year, there’s a very real danger that consumers could become lax about protecting themselves in the aftermath. The Identity Theft Resource Center tracked a new record of breaches in 2014 with 783, and in 2015 there have already been a reported 641 breaches. That’s a lot of exposed records, affecting millions of consumers. More importantly, that’s a lot of data breach notification letters arriving in your mailbox.

Since you’ve probably already been one of the millions of Americans who’ve received a data breach notification letter in the past, it can be tempting to skim over and pitch it next time. But it’s very important that you don’t take the issue too lightly. There are some key features in a notification letter, and all of them are critical to your identity.