BullGuard has announced the release of BullGuard Identity Protection, a new suite of security tools designed to guard against the growing number of threats that target internet and social media users.
"Today, cybercrime is rampant and the number of attacks designed to steal sensitive information is growing at an exponential rate. This could include credit card, national insurance or passport numbers, date of birth, drivers license, personal login details and financial data, all designed to help would-be thieves gather information about a person's identity for illegitimate purposes," said BullGuard.
BullGuard Identity Protection works alongside any existing internet security suite and "ensures that both personal and financial information and your children's social networking activities are protected against these threats."
The software claims to continually monitor the web and the 'dark web', where personal data is traded and private information is accessed by third parties; malicious or inappropriate behaviour is flagged for users to act against if necessary.
The Identity Protection module allows users to select the personal details they want protected, such as credit card numbers, bank account data, national insurance, phone numbers, usernames and passwords as well as the sorts of information detailed above. BullGuard then notifies users via email or SMS of any suspicious activity to help prevent fraud.
The Social Media Protection component helps parents keep an eye on a child's Facebook profile "without being intrusive" and supports up to three monitored profiles. Activities that are selected as high risk, such as receiving inappropriate content (including photos and private messages), suspicious friends, or links to malicious websites, will be flagged and parents given the option to block any such communication from an account.
Alex Balan, Head of Product Management at BullGuard, says: "We're all too well aware of the growing number of threats that are targeting internet users, and the popularity of social media sites such as Facebook has made it an increasingly attractive alternative for would-be cyber-criminals and cyber-bullies."
"We developed BullGuard Identity Protection squarely with this in mind. It provides frequent and casual internet users with peace of mind because their data and their children's activity, is monitored and kept safe."
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