21.5 Million OPM Breach Victims May Already Have Access to Long-Term Identity Management Services
FinWell Group is proud to partner with IDT911 to provide proactive and reactive identity management services to FreedomID Members.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. July 10, 2015 — Following breaking news confirming 21.5 million Office of Personnel Management breach victims had their social security numbers exposed, IDT911™ and FreedomID announce that those impacted have additional options when it comes to identity management and identity theft resolution. Free short-term relief provided by institutions experiencing a breach are beneficial, but can’t compare with the robust, long-term proactive identity management and identity theft resolution service offered by financial institutions, insurance companies, and employers, like FreedomID. As the number of breach victims continue to grow and as breaches become the third certainty in life, consumers can feel empowered about proactively managing their identities with the help of these services they likely don’t even know they have access to.
FreedomID is proud to be an IDT911 partner offering Identity Theft Protection Services to members and their families, etc. Members receive comprehensive fraud resolution services, expense reimbursement coverage and 24/7 access to fraud resolution experts.
Members impacted by any breach should reach out by phone 877-432-2743. Most importantly, the services are provided proactively, meaning consumers need not experience a crisis moment to actively manage their reputation before a breach exposes their sensitive information. Additionally, coverage is extended to the entire household, meaning affected family members have access to comprehensive identity management and identity theft resolution services, whether they are affected by a breach or not.
Adam Levin, IDT911 founder and chairman, said: “This is bigger than Anthem and Premera. This not only affects millions of federal employees, but their families as well; they become the collateral damage. Those affected are now exposed to identity theft, phishing schemes and possible extortion threats. This is an egregious breach of the public trust. We are not talking about changing a credit card number. There is no zero liability policy for someone whose Social Security Number and the intimate details of their private life are floating out there for any bad actor who wants to use it against them either financially or politically. This is life altering. It’s vital to know what options and resources are readily available, above and beyond what’s being directly provided by any breached institution with which we have a relationship.”
He argues that it is inevitable we’ll all be impacted by a data breach at some point in our lives, exposing our most sensitive information like a Social Security Number, date of birth, and other personal data to those who will attempt to exploit us in one fashion or another. The fact that 21.5 million people have learned their personal data has been exposed by the breach of the Office of Personnel Management reaffirms it’s simply a matter of when, not if, sensitive information will be exposed. And because the consequences of this and other breaches can be devastating and seemingly never ending, consumers need to do everything they can as individuals to protect themselves moving forward.
Levin continues, “Those who know or believe they have been compromised by the OPM intrusion, or any other data breach should immediately check all available resources including their homeowners or renters insurance policies to determine if identity theft insurance is included as an add-on. They should also check with their banks, credit unions and current employers to see if it’s offered as a benefit. Chances are, a significant number of consumers have some sort of coverage without even realizing it, and if they don't, they should proactively reach out to their providers to determine what options they have before the next major breach hits. Many times, these policies will include a direct line to fraud prevention specialists who can immediately assist in incident remediation and offer sophisticated monitoring services that go beyond simple credit checks with additional 24/7 internet and card monitoring.”
To learn more about LifeStages Identity Theft Protection please contact FreedomID for assistance.
For news on the latest privacy and security trends and educational resources to help you better protect your identity, visit www.freedomid-theftprotection.com .
IDT911™ is the leading provider of services that help businesses and their customers defend against data breaches and identity theft. IDT911’s unique approach—delivering proactive protection, preventive education, and swift resolution—offers unrivaled support for more than 660 client partners and 17.5 million households. With its wholly owned subsidiary, IDT911 Consulting™, IDT911 delivers information security and data privacy expertise to help businesses avert and respond to data loss. Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., the company has several locations in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Ireland to serve partners in Europe.
About FinWell Group (FreedomID)
Founded in 2010, FinWell Group exclusively offered financial wellness products as a package for group financial wellness benefits. In 2012 the company bundled the products to offer individual professionals a highly unique gift called Life in a Box. Life in a Box is now the primary product sold by FinWell Group to employers, institutions and independent professionals in all 50 states. The product includes multiple co-branding options and is offered at a price point that is reasonable and provides value to the recipient for a lifetime.
In 2014, FinWell Group began offering FreedomID as a stand-alone product in response to the demand for the current client base. FreedomID can be purchased individually, as a group benefit for employees or as a unique gift for independent professionals such as realtors, financial advisors, accountants and mortgage officers.
For more information please visit Freedomidtp.com.