DataPatrol Alerts inform customers when personal information they have specified is found on the Internet, social networks, or offered for sale on the information black market, and helps them take action by providing any assistance required as a result of these alerts with its proactive “Alert and Mend” philosophy. This is in contrast to being alerted to fraud after the event by examining historical records in a credit file.
Key findings of the Garlik analysis
The number of people affected by the consequences of unintentional information disclosure is continuing to grow. CIFAS, the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service, announced earlier this week that Identity fraud has increased by nearly 10% in the first nine months of 2010, when compared with the same period in 2009. There has also been a huge increase in impersonation, up by 18.38% from the same period in 2009.
Andy Thomas, managing director at Garlik, said of the findings “There were two surprises in our research, firstly that there is a big difference between men and women, with men appearing to be an online or identity fraud accident waiting to happen. Secondly, age alone is not a factor in risk, which dispels the myth that young people are more net-savvy than older generations.”
“Our analysis reveals the way the Internet has trivialised the task of collecting the raw materials of online and identity fraud – personal information. We all have a responsibility to look after our own personal information and importantly that we entrust to others. Staying safe online is now a life skill that needs to be taught or acquired. It is no longer the sole domain of the technically advanced; particularly as efforts get under way to attract the 9 million UK residents not currently online.”
Garlik’s award winning DataPatrol service alerts customers to the disclosure or theft of their personal information online and helps them take action and provides any assistance required as a result of these alerts. This pro-active, “alert and mend” process prevents the customer’s information ending up in the wrong hands and stops online fraud or identity theft before it actually happens.
DataPatrol is available direct from Garlik at www.garlik.com, with a 12-month subscription costing £45.00.
Garlik, the online fraud and identity experts, is the first company to develop a web-scale commercial application of semantic technology, Garlik provides services to help consumers protect themselves from the risk of identity and financial fraud. Garlik has appointed a panel of world-class ID protection and technology experts to advise the business including Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE from the University of Southampton and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web. In January 2008, Garlik was selected as a World Economic Forum, Davos, Technology Pioneer and in December 2008 it won the British Computer Society BT Flagship for Innovation Award.
Garlik is backed by three of the UK’s leading blue chip investment firms, Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, Encore/DFJ Esprit and Noble Venture Finance.
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Amy Temple or Duncan Gurney