BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IdentityForce, Inc., a pioneer of identity protection solutions and services, today announced the general availability of a new set of identity theft protection capabilities focused on monitoring and alerting members to threats associated with their social media accounts. Wrapped under the technology umbrella of IdentityForce’s Social Media Identity Monitoring (SMIM) suite, these new capabilities cover four major social media identity theft triggers: suspicious activity, hacked accounts, imposter accounts, and scams.
“Social media plays a critical role in many of our daily lives – but it’s clear there are also serious privacy risks,” said Larry Kim, Founder of WordStream and COO of MobileMonkey. “It’s easy to understand how identity thieves scrape personal information off these social networks to even hack into email accounts, or to battle it out on the Dark Web buying and selling personal information. I applaud IdentityForce in understanding the massive influence social media has on the lives of their members and their families, and in turn their commitment to develop a suite of capabilities that will remove the worry and harm and let us all get back to having positive social interactions.”
IdentityForce’s SMIM suite monitors Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, and Instagram accounts for threatening social network activity and posts that could be perceived as violent, are using profanity, or could even be categorized as cyberbullying or discriminatory. Members can monitor their own social media accounts, those of their children, and other family members. In just seconds, IdentityForce members can activate SMIM’s key features to take control of their digital identity:
- Suspicious Activity Monitoring | DoSomething.org reports that nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online, with one in four children indicating that it happened more than once. To help protect all members, including children, IdentityForce’s SMIM suite provides robust monitoring and alerting to social media activity that displays content associated with profanity, drugs, violence, discrimination, or sexually explicit language, enabling a rapid response.
- Hacked Account Monitoring | According to a 2016 Harris Poll survey, nearly two in three U.S. adults with personal social media profiles believe they’ve been hacked. Now, with IdentityForce SMIM, members can proactively respond to potential account hackings, an unexpected locked account, or risky setting changes.
- Impersonation or Imposter Account Monitoring | According to DARKReading, Facebook reported that for 2015 up to 2% of its monthly average users — 31 million accounts — are false, and Twitter estimates 5%. IdentityForce SMIM equips members with capabilities for monitoring social networks that appear to be impersonating their identity.
- Scam Monitoring | With 81 percent of millennials checking Twitter at least once a day (Pew Research Center) and 68 percent of U.S. adults on Facebook (Pew Research Center), the ubiquity of social networks has created the perfect breeding ground for spam, malware, or phishing scams. IdentityForce’s members will know in near real-time if there are scams beings posted to their accounts so that they can quickly delete the information and ensure their network is not infected any further.
“Social media networks have become a hunting ground for fraudsters, who cobble together pieces of an identity based on the personal information shared through these sites,” said Steven Bearak, CEO of IdentityForce. “Our product managers surveyed our members and social media identity monitoring continuously surfaced as an increasing priority, especially for those with families. By launching our Social Media Identity Monitoring Suite, we are adding yet another critical layer of protection to ensure our members’ personal information stays safe.”
For nearly 40 years, IdentityForce, Inc. has provided best-in-class, highly scalable, award-winning identity theft, privacy and credit protection solutions to consumers, businesses, and government agencies. With IdentityForce, members benefit from the most robust and award-winning identity protection, going as deep as Dark Web monitoring to keep personal information safe. A pioneer of identity protection, IdentityForce’s innovation and customer-centric approach has made the company a trusted partner for both organizations and individuals. IdentityForce also provides custom-tailored programs to organizations enabling them to build closer relationships and additional revenue streams. In 2015, the U.S. government awarded IdentityForce elite Tier One status as an approved provider of identity protection services for data breaches affecting over 21.5 million people. Follow IdentityForce on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook, engage with us on LinkedIn, and join us on Google+. Learn more at www.identityforce.com.
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