It's been quite awhile since I've last checked my credit report. I don't use any credit cards and don't plan to use any but for some reason, a few months ago, I've decided to pull my credit report for no special reason, other than out of curiosity to see what's up with it.
To my surprise, I've got the scare of my life when I saw a couple of collection items in it: one from a power company and another from a gas company. Now this came as a surprise because first of all, the utilities in our house was not under my name and has never been and secondly, for someone like me who don't do a ton of purchasing online, except for Amazon, I wondered how my information was stolen to apply for those utilities.
The bad part was that not only did I have to prove those are not mine but I also had to prove it's not me who opened those accounts. I've had to file a police report, sign an affidavit that my identity was stolen, and fill out a few papers to get them removed from my report. It was such a hassle. Thankfully, it's nothing worse than that…but it could've been.
The internet is such a wonderful technology but it's also pretty scary! You can discover a lot of things through the world wide web but the world can also discover a lot of things about you through it, including sensitive personal information, if you're not careful about it.
After experiencing identity theft and how terrible it is, my security and privacy are a major concern for me now. I don't want to have to go through what I had been through after experiencing it the first time. I don't want to get to the point where my bank account is exhausted with all funds or have my social security number be once again used to open accounts I didn't authorize.
Because my work entails almost 100% of work done online, even though I don't shop online a lot, chances are my information is out there somewhere – from the profiles I've created who knows where to banking and other stuff that I do with my work, including submitting W9 forms via email. There's really such a high risk of personal security breach the moment you make yourself existent on the world wide web and do any kind of business with it.
I wish Sudo already existed a few months ago before all these happened, it could've prevented from those culprits to getting my info somehow.
If somehow, I knew of a way back then, to privately browse online or have different kind of pseudo profiles for each category of activity I do the way Sudo does, then perhaps it could've been prevented, right?
Well, there's really no crying over spilled milk. The way I see it now is it really could've been worst. But it's foolish not to find a way to make your activities and personal information more secure and that's where this Sudo app comes in.
Imagine being able to create different profiles that is fit for every activity category you conduct online. For example – social, business, dating, etc. You can create different email and phone number for each. You can get up to 6 phone numbers. You don't have to share your personal mobile number anymore to someone you just met at a networking/mixer or at club.
When browsing the web, you can block unwanted ads and tracking so that websites don't track your activities. You can also create virtual credit cards that you can use to pay online.
What I really like about it is that with all these features, I can check my emails, share my Sudo profile, chat or text, and browse in one central location – the app! I don't have to worry about logging in on different email accounts to check them. It's a pretty powerful way to privately and securely continue your activities online.
If security and privacy are important to you, I recommend visiting www.sudoapp.com to find out more information about it. It's free to download the app and free to create a Sudo profile.
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