This post about identity theft is sponsored by LifeLock. All opinions are my own. 

Sometimes my husband tells me I am ‘too nice’ or ‘too trusting’ and he could be right. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt typically. I have a hard time understanding how people take advantage of others so often. How some people can goes as far as swiping your whole identity and causing endless problems. I just don’t get it.

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Then over the last year, it really started to hit home. I would log into our online banking account only to find new charges that we didn’t make. Just in the last few months, there have been a handful of times one of our credit cards was frozen due to suspicious activity. That turned out to be someone trying to use our credit card number to shop online. I have spend hours on the phone with our banking company and filling out forms to get it all straightened out.

Do you remember the two large retail stores that had massive data breaches last year? Both were places we shop at frequently and have a charge card for. Both places we trust(ed) with our personal information. It starts getting frustrating… Completely, utterly, frustrating. With all this technology that is rapidly hitting new limits daily, it comes with these consequence of wrong-doers and hackers.

If all that wasn’t enough in 2014, a few months ago I get word about the Anthem data breach. Of course that is our health insurance provider. Just last week, I got a letter in the mail that my personal information may be impacted. Not just me, but my 5 year old son as well. Now, nothing feels safe anymore. We are talking about our personal information that helps make us one-of-a-kind. And hackers are going around just trying to take that away from us.

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Now, on high alert, I have to start thinking about ways to protect my identity. Ways to be proactive and monitor my information. One way to do such is by getting a LifeLock membership. LifeLock offers various identity theft protection options with many beneficial features. The new LifeLock Ultimate Plus program has several new activity alerts that can help monitor activity such as credit inquiries, bank account applications, credit report information and more, to stop activity before it gets out of hand.

Not only do they monitor activity and scan threats, but they also help restore your identity and the membership comes with identity theft insurance. Having someone monitor and help protect my identity gives me an ease at mind in this digitally connected world. To learn more and get protected, visit the LifeLock site.

Have you been effected by a data breach?