YPS to use IdentityForce to help with online protection

In direct response to the email scam that struck Yukon Public Schools a couple of weeks ago, Yukon Public Schools superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth and the administration moved quickly to take measures to assure a situation like that could never occur again in Yukon.

Simeroth announced at Monday’s school board meeting that the district will be using IdentityForce to protect all of 1,400 plus employees’ personal information and to make sure that another cyberattack on the school district will never be successful.

IdentityForce is a software designed to monitor any online activity and take appropriate action to ensure the safety for those it’s programmed to protect.

Here is a detailed description of what IdentityForce will be providing for YPS:

Identity Monitoring: Continuously scours thousands of websites, chat rooms, blogs and other data sources to detect illegal trading and selling of your personal information. Scans for your personal information including social security number, phone number, email addresses, bank account and routing numbers, credit and debit card numbers, driver’s license, mother’s maiden name and medical identification numbers.

Advanced Fraud Monitoring: Delivers virtually real time alerts when lenders, such as banks, auto dealers, mortgage companies and government agencies, request a copy of your credit report. Early notification helps you stop fraudulent attempts to open a new account or increase a line of credit. Any credit activity can hurt your credit score.

Identity Restoration Specialist: Complete, comprehensive recovery services from Certified Protection Experts available 24/7. Specialists do not just assist the consumer with identity restoration, they save the consumer hundreds of hours by completing the paperwork, making the calls and doing the heavy lifting to make sure the consumer’s identity is restored.

Identity Theft Insurance (up to $1 million): Recover out-of-pocket expenses and lost wages when your identity is stolen.

The Identity Theft Insurance coverage will be dated back to March 1, which is the day of the incident, so all Yukon Public School’s employees who sign up for the protection, will be protected if their identity is stolen from what happened with the YPS email scam.

Once the individual employee signs up for the IdentityForce protection, they will be protected for two years from that point.

The Yukon Public Schools’ administration said they strongly urge and encourage each YPS employee to register for the Identity Force protection.

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