Whilst this digital age has added greater convenience to many aspects of our lives, it is also enabled thieves more ways to get hold of our money. We are all used to receiving those less than convincing scam e-mails telling us that a long lost relative wants to leave us large amounts of money, but amongst these are more convincing e-mails supposedly from banks telling us that we need to confirm our information for security purposes. Then there are fake websites set up entirely to convince us to enter specific details about ourselves.
The effect of this can be to simply take money from your account or alternatively to set up accounts or receive services in your name. Even if you realize that elements of your identity have been stolen it can be a difficult, lengthy and often stressful process to rectify this.
As a result of this growing problem many people are turning to identity theft protection in order to monitor your situation and help to ensure that your information is not being compromised. There are a number of services available which will monitor how information is being used and will alert you should a suspicious event occur.
One such service is Identity Hawk which will provides an assessment of the risk of your personal data and how vulnerable it is to abuse. Also is constantly monitors records over the internet to detect potential threats. Whenever a suspicious event occurs you are sent an e-mail or text so you know immediately and can take steps to address this.
In addition to any protection you take out you should always check your bank accounts very regularly in order to check for any unusual activity. If you do see any unexpected transactions you should contact your bank immediately.