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Monitoring & Protection Services

Don’t let your SSN get stolen! IDShield offers
professional Social Security number monitoring
services to protect against identity theft &
unauthorized use.

Your Social Security Matters

A Social Security number (SSN) is a nine-digit number that the Social Security Administration (SSA), a U.S. government agency, issues to all U.S. citizens and eligible U.S. residents who apply for one.

The Social Security number was developed in 1935 as a way for the U.S. government to efficiently track individuals’ lifetime earnings and number of years worked in order to determine eligibility, calculate benefit payments, and pay Social Security income at retirement.

Today, your Social Security number is now used for a wide range of purposes.
Don’t let your Social Security number get stolen!

It’s important to note that though your Social Security number is now used for more than its original intended purpose, it’s vital to limit usage to only necessary applications. Another way to protect your Social Security number or Social Security card is to keep it in either a safe deposit box or a home-safe instead of keeping it in your wallet or carrying it on your person.

Protecting your Social Security number can help prevent identity theft from happening to you.

Some Purposes for your Social Security Number

  • Obtaining credit
  • Opening a bank account
  • Applying for a federal loan
  • Applying for certain types of public assistance
  • Enrolling in Medicare or private insurance
  • Buying a home or a car
  • Obtaining a driver’s license
  • Applying for a passport

What is Social Security Number Protection?

Identity theft can be stressful, time-consuming and expensive to resolve. Many people are turning to identity monitoring to better safeguard their most personal information.

Social Security monitoring involves using a scanning system to alert users when any suspicious activity happens. Some advanced Social Security protection services utilize the help of licensed private investigators who then run advanced SSN Skip Trace searches to uncover hidden theft and fraud.

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Why Would Someone Want to Steal Your SSN?

Identity thieves want your Social Security number essentially so they can commit fraud and steal money. They do this by using your Social Security number in a variety of different ways such as:

How Do Social Security Numbers Get Stolen?

Identity theft and fraud is a booming black market business. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as many as 9 million reports of ID theft happen each year—and with individuals’ online footprint expanding these numbers seem to be on the rise.

The most common ways SSNs are stolen:

Dumpster Diving

Thieves have been known to go through people’s trash to look for bills and other discarded papers with personal information on it


Exploiting weakness in a computer system either easily through unsecured Wi-Fi networks (think coffee shops) or more elaborate breaches into semi-secured websites


Pretending to be financial institutions (your bank, PayPal, etc.) or popular regularly-used companies in order to get you to reveal your personal information


Getting personal information under false pretenses and then selling it to other people or the dark web


 Creating false websites that look like commonly used websites in order to obtain login and other personal information


Stealing wallets, purses, personnel records, or bribing employees who have access to mail, which includes bank and credit card statements, pre-approved credit offers, new checks, or tax information

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How to Protect Your Social Security Number With Identity Monitoring

Worried that your personal information has been compromised? Looking for ways to level up your identity theft protection and keep your Social Security number and other valuable data safe?

Identity monitoring may be the answer.

IDShield works by scanning and monitoring your personal identifying information and sending you a fraud alert when there is any unusual activity. To protect your Social Security number and other PII, IDShield monitors:

Purposes for your Social Security number:

  • Change of address requests
  • Court or arrest records
  • Orders for new utility, cable, or wireless services
  • Payday loan applications
  • Check cashing requests
  • Social media
  • Websites that identity thieves use to trade stolen information

Explore Plan Features

IDShield offers protection beyond identity theft with complete privacy and reputation management services to help keep your online identity and personal information private.

We have the most comprehensive coverage for identity protection and Social
Security monitoring.

Social Security Number Monitoring

Our system will alert you as soon as it finds anything suspicious and our licensed private investigators can run advanced SSN Skip Trace searches to uncover hidden theft and fraud.

Dark Web Monitoring

At IDShield, we use intelligent analytics to continuously monitor the dark web to make sure your information is not being used for any nefarious activities.

Credit Monitoring

We monitor your credit reports and provide instant alerts about any changes related to 12 key elements of identity theft and fraudulent activity. You can opt for a plan that tracks all three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

Social Media Scanning

Our scans analyze your Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram pictures, posts and comments for information that could damage your reputation and prevent you from being hired by employers.

Solicitation Reduction

Our Licensed Private Investigators are available to help you reduce the number of unsolicited offers for credit cards, insurance policies, and more.

Unlimited Consultation

As a member you can speak with an identity theft specialist to get advice about any theft or fraud concerns as often as you need—there is no limit, we offer as much help as you need, no matter what.

Licensed Investigator

If you are a victim of identity theft, fraud or other financial crimes, our U.S.-based, licensed private investigators will work under a Power of Attorney to restore your identity and reputation to its former position.
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Over Half of Consumers Will Experience Identity Theft Each Year

If you experience identity theft it can take an average of six months to restore your identity. Protect yourself now and avoid future stresses, headaches, and financial issues that come from identity theft and fraud.