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Identity Guard Advises Consumers How To Take Extra Precaution Should Their Personal Information Become Compromised By A Company's Data Breach

Offers five tips in light of the recent LivingSocial.com data breach

CHANTILLY, Va., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In light of the recent LivingSocial.com data breach, Identity Guard®, a leading identity theft protection company, warns consumers to be aware of the increased risk of identity theft and provides tips on how they can help protect themselves from becoming a victim. In a recent study released this year by Javelin Strategy & Research, one in four data breach notification recipients became a victim of identity fraud. While data breaches can vary in the type of compromised information, each different data element can be used in committing particular types of fraud or the information may be sold on the black market, increasing the chance that the breached data may be misused at some point in the future.

"Identity theft protection is more than just protecting your financial information; it's also about protecting the other elements that help to define us as individuals -- name, address, Social Security number and date of birth," said Steve Schwartz, President of Identity Guard®. "When a consumer receives notice that any of their personally identifiable information may have been breached, they need to take these notices seriously. Personal information can be revealed across several different data sources and it's nearly impossible for consumers to monitor these on their own. We recommend they enroll in an identity monitoring program that will proactively monitor their personal information for them and send activity alerts."

Identity Guard® has put together some identity theft protection tips for consumers that may have been the target of a recent data breach:

Change your passwords. If you use the same password across multiple websites, immediately reset your password at each of those sites. Keeping in mind that each account should have its own unique password, made up of numbers, letters and symbols. Never use publicly available information as part of your password. And the longer a password is, the harder it is to guess.

Don't click on email links. Criminals will use phishing attempts to try to get you to disclose more personal information to help them further their attempts at committing potential identity fraud. Never open an email from an unknown sender and avoid downloading file attachments and clicking on embedded links.

Verify a website is safe. It's always best to type out a website address instead of clicking on a link from an email, no matter how legitimate the email may look. Before submitting any personal information, be sure the webpage address begins with 'https' and look for the closed padlock symbol either in the address bar or in the bottom of the screen which indicates a secure connection.

Monitor your financial statements. Even if your financial information was not part of the breach, be sure you monitor all of your financial documents for any suspicious activity and report it immediately as identity thieves could gain access to this information through other methods.

Enroll in an identity monitoring service. Monitoring all areas for potential identity exposure can be both timely and overwhelming. Consider enrolling in a service like, Identity Guard® that can help you monitor activity related to your credit, public records, etc.

For more helpful tips on how you can protect your identity after a data breach, please visit our resource center, http://resources.identityguard.com/.

Let Identity Guard® help protect you from identity theft today. Visit www.identityguard.com/monitor to take advantage of our special offer for those who may have been affected by a potential data breach.

About Intersections

Intersections Inc. (NASDAQ: INTX) is a leading provider of consumer identity risk management services. Intersections provides various levels of service to more than 8.0 million consumers. Those services are offered through North America's leading financial institutions and directly to consumers under Intersections' award-winning Identity Guard® brand. Since 1996, Intersections has protected the identities of more than 35 million consumers.

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