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Protect Your Business From Identity Theft


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Identity theft is a crippling crime and has been for a long time. It was performed by the fringes of society who wanted to earn a quick buck.

The person sitting next to you may be hatching a plan. The good news is that there are identity-theft protection companies that are taking the initiative to prevent the issue.

Save for Retirement

Imagine that you’ve just opened an account with a bank. You’re making your monthly deposits. Your account is growing and you feel that you’re now setting yourself up for a vibrant retirement.

Wait, Didn’t This Just Happen to Jason Bateman?

Now, imagine getting a phone call from representatives from that bank informing you that your identity has been stolen (this may remind you of that recent movie, “Identity Thief”). As you respond in astonishment, they continue telling you that three bank accounts have been opened in your name, you are the recipient of a new credit card, and your address has been changed to an abandoned house out of state.

Being robbed by a scam

It Happened to Someone in Indiana?

Your life has been destroyed. The damage, though partially repairable, has been done. The worst part of this scenario is that it actually happened in Indiana last year, according to Indianapolis Business Journal. A former financial planner carried out this exact scenario and stole the identity of 8,000 people and caused tens of thousands of dollars in damages.

HEA 1101

Indiana residents, you’ll want to remember that.

HEA 1101 is a law that was passed in 2006 to protect you from identity theft. Based on a lengthy string of security breaches and computer robberies, Indiana put HEA 1101 into motion. What does HEA 1101 outline?

It’s Simple, Really

If a security breach occurs to a business located in Indiana — any business — that business’s clients must be notified within a short period of time. This must also happen if there is suspected system breech.

HEA 1101 applies to any business that operates in Indiana, but may not be physically located in Indiana. In addition, 34 states have adopted a similar identity-theft precaution. Businesses utilizing HEA 1101 must comply with those states laws as well, states insideindianabusiness.com.

What Happened in Pennsylvania?

There is a copywriting business located in Pennsylvania. For whatever reason financially or otherwise, its products (newsletters, pamphlets) ship from a distribution center and its payment processing division has an Indiana address. If there is a breach, that copywriting company must immediately notify its clients.

HEA 1101 also has provisions for mass identity breaches. If $250,000 or more in damages is reported, the company must put a notification on their website. The company will then contact local TV networks to broadcast information about the breach.

No Hope … Or is There?

Sounds intimidating, right? It is. Identity-theft protection services suggest monitoring all business activity closely.

  • Keep track of all bills, credit card payments, and other financial transactions.
  • Email alerts from banks are also helpful.  Identity thieves are also known to target inactive businesses.
  • For these types of businesses, all records should be checked and filed with the state.
  • If the business is not making money any more, the best choice may be to close the doors to prevent any further damage.

Brittany Evans: As a strong supporter of cloud computing in the workplace, Brittany advises all businesses to embrace a future with the cloud.

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