Now this is some exciting news; most of us have likely wondered at one time or another, are we really doing everything we can to help prevent cyber fraud and the like from happening to us? Thanks to the folks at AllClear ID in Austin, Texas, the answer may be no for right now, but can get bumped up to yes rapidly thanks to a new app and web-based service they're putting out.
The AllClear ID app is a free service that's being put on with some help from the NCFTA (National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance), a not-for-profit group that deals in pretty much exactly what their full, non-acronym name implies. The NCFTA collects information about identity theft cases, and then passes on that information to potential victims of identity theft, as long as they sign up for the free service. This information gathering is made easier by the fact that the NCFTA's membership includes law enforcement agencies, major retailers, banks and more.
The NCFTA/AllClear ID service, meanwhile, can alert you as to when valuable personal data about you is in use, such as your social security number, or your online banking information, which are two of the biggest such pieces of information commonly used by those who practice fraud.
The service is available as an iPhone app, or if you don't favor the Apple (News - Alert)-branded cell phone, you'll be able to sign up for this as part of a web-based service at AllClear ID's web site.
And from here, it looks almost like the equivalent of a do-not-call list, but for personal information. I anticipate there will be plenty of people looking to sign up for this service, as if it even stops one attempt at identity theft, it's going to more than pay for itself, especially considering that it's a free service to begin with. Of course, it remains to be seen just how much identity theft AllClear ID's service can actually stop, but still, any protection against identity theft or the like, especially when it's free, is likely worth taking.
Edited by Jennifer Russell