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Monitoring & Protection Services

Don’t let thieves steal your Social Security number (SSN)! IDShield offers professional  Social Security number monitoring services to protect against identity theft & unauthorized use of your personal information.

We have identity theft protection plans to fit your needs.

Your Social Security Matters

In a sense, your Social Security number is you: It’s how the government verifies your identity when you fill out health insurance forms or financial papers; you use it to vote or buy property or get a job; and when you die, so does your Social Security number.

In short, your Social Security number matters. Which means you need to do everything you can to keep it from falling into the hands of cyber criminals and fraudsters.

Luckily, there are ways to protect your Social Security number online. Below we’ll go over the basics: Who can get at your social security number, how you can protect it, and why you want to be diligent about keeping this most sensitive of sensitive personal information out of the wrong hands.

Some Purposes for Your Social Security Number

Your Social Security number is important for any number of reasons, such as:

  • 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

It’s one of the most vital, sensitive pieces of information you have.

What is Social Security Number Protection?

Resolving identity theft is stressful, time-consuming and expensive. Many people are turning to identity monitoring to better safeguard their most personal information.

SSN monitoring involves using a scanning system to alert users of suspicious activity. Some advanced Social Security protection services utilize the help of licensed private investigators who 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. You’ll want to recognize identity theft techniques such as:

Social Security number monitoring is important, to say the least.

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.

Hacking

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

Phishing

Thieves pretending to be financial institutions (your bank, PayPal, etc.) or popular regularly-used companies try to get you to reveal your personal information.

Pretexting

Getting personal information under false pretenses and then selling it to other people or the dark web is a favorite tactic of cyber thieves.

Stuffing

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

Stealing

Thieves steal wallets, purses and personal records, or bribe employees who have access to mail—which includes bank and credit card statements, pre-approved credit offers, new checks, and tax information—in order to get as thorough a dossier on you as possible.

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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 (PII) 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

Don’t let cyber criminals get the jump on you. IDShield is here to keep you and your information safe.

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 against more than just identity theft. We also offer complete privacy and reputation management services to help keep your online identity and personal information private.

Social Security Number Monitoring

Our system will alert you as soon as it finds anything suspicious, at which time our licensed private investigators can run advanced SSN Skip Trace searches to uncover hidden theft and fraud. We protect your reputation online better than anyone else.

Dark Web Monitoring

At IDShield, dark web monitoring is one of our primary services. 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 the stress that comes with handling identity theft and fraud.

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FAQs

Find answers to our most frequently asked questions.

What can someone do with your Social Security number?

Someone who steals your Social Security number has access to all manner of facts about you: Your date of birth, where you live, your tax returns and banking information, and so on. Someone in possession of that information can drain your bank account and those of your family. They can take out loans in your name, apply for high-interest credit cards, sign up for Medicaid or Medicare, and generally pull your financial house down.

How do I check to see if someone is using my Social Security number?

You can check for Social Security number theft by looking up your credit report. If your score has dropped, you may want to examine your monthly bills to make sure they’ve continued to be paid. Check your bank account and call customer service if you notice any strange charges.

Can you put a freeze on your Social Security number?

You can request to “Block Electronic Access” to your Social Security number by calling the Social Security Administration’s National 800 number (Toll Free 1-800-772-1213 or at TTY number at 1-800-325-0778).