Businesses Must Be Alert For Increased ID Theft Attempts Black Friday and Cyber Monday
ADA, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LegalShield, one of North America’s leading providers of affordable legal plans and the IDShield identity theft solution for individuals, families and small businesses, wants to help make your holiday season as happy and stress-free as possible, starting with Black Friday.
Retailers are a vulnerable target for data breach during the holidays, especially online. In 2013, Target reported a major cyber breach during the Black Friday weekend, compromising approximately 110 million credit card and debit card accounts. Also, according to a 2016 Verizon investigation, denial-of-service attacks on sites, perhaps helped along by breaches at the point-of-sale and in unsecure web apps, are among the most frequent and disabling security incidents.
“Cybersecurity must be top of mind for both individuals and businesses during the holiday season. Criminals look for every opportunity to breach data systems, such as public Wi-Fi and unsecured networks,” explained Jeff Bell, LegalShield CEO. “As we’ve seen with Equifax, Target and numerous national retailers, a credit breach can be devastating. As consumer preferences increasingly move to online and mobile shopping for the holidays, our hope is that both individual and heads of household sign up for ID protection.”
“The IDShield identity theft solution for individuals and families, leads the identity theft protection service industry with the most robust set of consumer protection features on the market today,” continued Bell. “It is the only protection product that includes full restoration services—handled by dedicated licensed private investigators trained in helping people recover from a hack or another form of ID theft. The IDShield app puts these key features in the palm of your hands.”
In addition to the threats of credit card breach and identity theft, Black Friday shoppers should be wary of other potential legal issues that may come up, such as warranty disputes, property damage, and sustaining injuries in a store. LegalShield’s provider law firms are prepared to answer questions and provide guidance and representation for LegalShield members in such situations.
“While the holidays should be a season of joy and giving, we must still be vigilant of ‘Grinches.’ With LegalShield, consumers will be able to fully enjoy their holidays without the stress that would definitely arise from ID theft or a legal problem. We are here to assist members with other legal issues, too,” continued Bell.
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A pioneer in the democratization of affordable access to legal protection, LegalShield is one of North America’s leading providers of legal safeguards and protection against identity theft solutions for individuals, families and small businesses. The 45-year-old company has more than 1,693,000 members, including individuals, families and businesses, that are covered by its legal and identity theft memberships. IDShield provides identity theft protection to one million individuals. LegalShield and IDShield serve more than 141,000 businesses. Both legal and identity theft plans start as low as $20 per month.
LegalShield’s legal plans provide access to attorneys with an average of 19 years of experience in areas such as family matters, estate planning, financial and business issues, consumer protection, tax, real estate, benefits disputes and auto/driving issues. Unlike other legal plans or do-it-yourself websites, LegalShield has dedicated law firms in 50 states and four provinces in Canada that members can call for help without having to worry about high hourly rates.
IDShield provides identity monitoring and restoration services and is the only identity theft protection company armed with a team of licensed private investigators on call to restore a member’s identity.
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