My ID Score – Assess Your Identity Theft Score With This Free Tool

image Unless you’re in the cyber security business, it’s unlikely that you’re aware of this rather startling statistic – a cyber crime goes down every ¼ of a second.

It’s just as unlikely that you’re aware of these statistics:

One in four consumers is a cybercrime victim.

An identity is stolen every three seconds online.

Nearly 10 million people have reported identity theft in the U.S. alone, in the last 12 months.

There’s a popular misconception, held by most people, that they’re just not worth a cyber criminal’s time or effort. This is another cyber security myth. Cyber criminals will steal you blind, no matter how much, or how little, you have.

The free Norton Online Risk Calculator, recently released by Symantec, will help you evaluate how valuable you are to the cybercriminal economy. The calculator is easy to use, and bases its assessment on a number of simple questions  concerning your net usage.

Please consider taking this test. If you are aware of just how much value you have as a victim, I’m sure you will take all the appropriate steps to ensure you don’t become a victim.

One of those steps should be developing an awareness of the risk you face of having to contend with the aftermath of identity theft. And, to make that assessment easier, My ID Score offers a free risk assessment tool.

Unfortunately, this tool is only available t0 residents of the US, and since I live in Canada, it’s not possible for me to test this service. Nevertheless, in the interest of keeping you safe, the following information has been taken directly from the developer’s site.

My ID Score gives you real–time actionable insight into the risk of you becoming a victim of identity theft.

My ID Score is a statistical score that’s based on technology currently used by leading communications, financial services, retail companies, healthcare providers, government agencies, and consumers to assess your risk of identity theft. These companies use ID Analytics’ scoring technology to ensure that fraudsters do not apply for goods and services in an innocent consumer’s name

My ID Score calculates identity risk by looking at the use of billions of identity elements like name, Social Security number, phone number, date of birth, and address across multiple industries.

Get Real-Time Insight Into Your Risk of Identity Theft

My ID Score is a quick, easy, and free way to assess the risk that your identity is being misused. It can be an essential fraud detection and early-warning tool for consumers who are concerned about identity theft.

Detect Misuse

Detect the possible misuse of your identity as early as possible.

Take Control

Take the necessary steps to control your identity.

Peace of Mind

Technology used by Fortune 100 companies is now available to you.

The process seems simply enough, as the following screen captures indicate.

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Given the high incidence of identity thief, it seems prudent to develop as much information as possible on the risk factors you might be facing. I can’t endorse this service without a through test, but I do recommend that you checkout the developer’s site – you might find that this is a worthwhile resource.

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9 responses to “My ID Score – Assess Your Identity Theft Score With This Free Tool

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  3. Bill,
    Great work…really cool tool. Hope it works to help folks change their vulnerable ways.
    Paul

    • Hi Paul,

      Last night you wondered why people don’t take proactive advice. Great question; one that I’ve struggled with for years and I’m no closer to an answer.

      Here’s some stats from here to kick around – maybe the answers is in these.

      Click through to My ID Score today (a preemptive tool) – 16. Frankly, I’m shocked at this low number.

      Click through to Norton Online Risk Calculator today – 43 (a preemptive tool from the same article). Ditto here.

      Downloads of RKill (a specialized “last resort” malware removal tool) today – 308 (4,000+ in the last 30 days). I think these numbers speak for themselves – lots of difficult to remove malware.

      So, these stats seem to indicate that people wait until they get hammered, before they take action. The problem is – by then it’s way to late. Then the crying begins.

      So, why don’t they listen? Human nature? Stupidity? Denial? ………..

      There’s nothing unusual in these stats – I see this kind of poor showing for preemptive tools, continuously. Something to think about.

      Best,

      Bill

  4. John

    My Id Score is intriguing. Yet, it does request, in order to do its job, a lot of personal information. Giving your SSN (USA’s national identity card) is strongly encouraged. However, if one’s computer is already unknowingly compromised, one’s information might be exposed to possible man-in-the middle attacks or trojan activity when this information is passed to their site. Can one be too paranoid in today’s environment?

    • Hi John,

      No, I don’t think we can be “too paranoid” on the Net. You raise a valid point – the scenario you envision is possible. One more reason users need a bullet proof security strategy in place.

      Thanks for this.

      Bill

  5. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    John posts an interesting question. I agree with you, you can’t be too paranoid on the net these days. I am the most paranoid person I know when it comes to this, as you probably well know from some of my emails to you screaming for help lol.

    Cheers

    • Hey Mal,

      If one is using Windows to surf the net, *not* being paranoid is a good indication that person is crazy. 🙂

      I’ll tel ya – I finally got so fed up having to be constantly on guard against an Internet guerrilla attack, that I switched to Ubuntu for Internet use, and haven’t had a moments discomfort since. However, when I switch back to Windows, which I have to do for a few hours each day, I have to revert back to that constant on guard behavior. I find that very tiring, and uncomfortable.

      If I could do all my work in Ubuntu, I’d never go back to Windows. BTW, I’m not blaming Microsoft – the issue is far too complex to lay all the blame for the security mess at their doorstep.

      Best,

      Bill

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