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New Beginnings Part Two

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Times of transition – think: getting married, having a baby, moving into a new home, even getting divorced – are noted for being exciting and daunting, energizing and exhausting. They can make us stressed-out and blissed-out simultaneously. But did you know they also change (and sometimes increase) your risk of falling prey to identity fraud?

Truth be told, neither did I. But some surprising new research conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of LifeLock shows that’s exactly what happens. By understanding how these life shifts impact your vulnerability, you also give yourself the opportunity to mount a good offense during these transitional times. Here, the highlights of the research and what you should do next.

New Homeowner

Risk of ID Theft Up: 300%

Why:

If you’ve ever purchased a home you know that you’re asked for so much information (often, in triplicate) that just handing it out becomes routine. You’re also establishing new relationships with a cable company, utilities, and perhaps a new bank. And you’re shopping. A lot. All of this means your personal data is out there in a big way.

What to do:

Newly Single

Risk of ID Theft Up: 300%

Why:

What do you do when you’re newly single? Two things: You try to connect with others online (more on that momentarily). And you pass your alone time by playing hours and hours of Call of Duty (guys), or binge watching the new season of Orange Is The New Black (gals). All of these things put you at greater risk of id theft. Indeed, simply increasing your use of Internet-connected TVs and game consoles is a risk.

What to do:

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