How Your Security Software Can Also Protect Your Identity

Protecting your security online is an ever-evolving art. As cybercriminals become more sophisticated, your credentials aren’t the only things they want. Today’s digital thieves are looking for ways to use your identity to commit fraud and other criminal activity. A report estimates that consumers lost $56 billion due to identity theft in 2020.

So how do you protect yourself from these growing digital threats? Using the right security software can help you log in with confidence, knowing it will protect you from everyday virus threats and potential scams while helping to fight identity theft. An all-in-one security solution such as Total Protection from McAfee is ideal for managing the many threats inherent in living in a digitally connected world. Here’s how the right program can work to keep you safe.

Improve your online privacy with a secure VPN

One of the best ways to stay protected from cybercriminals is to maintain your privacy online, so they can’t find you in the first place. Unsecured Wi-Fi networks in cafes, libraries or other public places are potentially problematic: these are all places where criminals could take advantage of your personal information. A 2018 report by Statista found that 39% of users understand that public Wi-Fi is unsafe, but continue to conduct sensitive exchanges using it.

Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) could save you from the prying eyes of cybercriminals by encrypting (or scrambling) your data when you connect to public Wi-Fi. McAfee Total Protection offers VPN protection to give you ultimate freedom and security, even when using an unsecured public or remote network. Its Secure VPN automatically connects to a VPN when you join an untrusted network, so you can hide sensitive data like your physical location, account credentials, and credit card information.

Whether you’re working in a restaurant or browsing the latest entertainment, software with private browsing features lets you surf the web privately and anonymously. With McAfee’s bank-grade encryption, your online activity will be protected to the same standards as major financial institutions.

Protect your identity and consider your security (literally)

At home or on the go, the threat of cybercrime is never too far away. Unfortunately, many people only find out they are a victim of identity theft when faced with fraudulent bills or other unexpected discoveries, such as a sudden drop in their credit score.

McAfee Total Protection helps you avoid these unpleasant surprises, with its identity protection service. You’ll get a protection score to help you identify your current level of protection and provide simple steps to improve your security. You’ll also receive earlier warnings (up to 10 months earlier than other security software products) about potential breaches and how to protect yourself from the dangers. McAfee Total Protection also scours the dark web and alerts you if any of your information is in that malicious corner of the net. In the event of a breach, McAfee will help you avoid further exposure with step-by-step guidance, so you’re better prepared for the repercussions of an identity breach.

Quickly restore your identity after a theft

The consequences of a leak can be devastating. When a criminal has used your information, it can lower your credit score and damage your reputation. Trying to restore your identity can be stressful. Fortunately, McAfee Total Protection Ultimate includes all the benefits of McAfee Total Protection, plus bonus features like Identity Restore. This service provides traditional credit report restoration and non-credit restoration (such as payday loans and IRS, DMV, and court records) in the event of identity theft.

Another benefit of upgrading to Total Protection Ultimate is that it provides reimbursement and insurance for up to $1 million fraud insurance and $10,000 stolen funds reimbursement.* With so much at stake , McAfee Total Protection and Total Protection Ultimate provide comprehensive assistance with the fallout of potentially life-changing identity theft, giving you protection that goes beyond a typical security package.

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* Insurance not available in New York due to regulatory requirements.

Lyle L. Maltby