Public Records Monitoring
IDStrong’s public records monitoring service scans for your information across many public records channels and shows you what is out there exposed for others to see. You cannot do enough to protect your identity profile. The first step is public records monitoring to keep a close eye on all your personal data and what shows up so you can take quick action to prevent any damage. Our service monitors for your personal information such as your name, email address, phone number, and usernames and alerts you when it is found online.
The Dangers of Public Records Exposure
Exposed public records may contain your name, date of birth, email address, phone number, home address, and other personal details. Most people do not want these items available to the public. However, various data breaches and leaks may expose your data, and it could be posted online without your permission or knowledge. Additionally, some government agencies that post public records online could, in error, include social security numbers or driver’s license information which is why it is so important to monitor your information regularly.
Some of the types of public record information that could be online about you include:
- Court Records
- Criminal History
- Bankruptcy Filings
- Liens & Judgments
- Driving Violations
- Property Ownership Records
- Phone & Email Address
- Home Address
- Web & Social Accounts
Identity thieves armed with the information above and other PII they gather from the dark web could do a lot of damage in your name. For example, if someone impersonating you commits a crime and gives police your name and contact details, you could unwittingly have arrest warrants out in your name or a criminal record you didn’t earn.
If a cybercriminal gets a hold of your information through a public records leak, they could access your other accounts, even bank, credit card, and other financial resources, and drain them before you find out. If the identity thief charges a ton of debt in your name, you could have liens, bankruptcies, lawsuits, and other court files exposed online that aren’t even yours. Public records exposure could ruin your reputation as well as damage your credit. Typically, it takes months and sometimes even years to fix the problem of identity theft.
Along with identity theft, some other dangers of public records exposure include:
- Identity confusion - Mistaken identity with law enforcement and court records. Your records could become entangled with someone else’s.
- Ruined credit - When your identity is stolen and used for financial gain, you could end up with a ruined credit history and a mountain of debt that isn’t yours. Identity thieves often open new accounts that show up on your credit report.
- Target marketing - You may become the target for marketers who want to sell you their products and services.
- Stalking - Armed with your personal details, a miscreant could easily begin to stalk you online or in person.
- Blackmail - Someone could use your personal documents and leak them online for money.
- Impersonation - Anyone accessing your public records could use that information to gain access to more secure data about you.
- Damaged reputation - If someone impersonates you and those records become attached to your profile, it could damage your reputation.
- Criminal activity - When thieves get a hold of your contact information, you could become the target for various other types of fraud and criminal activity.
How Can Public Record Monitoring Help Me?
The threat of identity theft is enormous right now, and you must protect yourself. One of the best ways to stay on top of your identity profile is to constantly monitor your identity and personal information, public records, and other data from exposure.
We scour the internet and monitor data broker and data reseller websites looking for your information. If we find your information breached, leaked, or exposed online, we will send you a notification so you can take quick action and fix it before you suffer financial losses or other damages due to identity theft. We can also show you how to opt out of these websites to remove your data to keep your information private.
How IDStrong Works
We will continuously monitor your personal and financial information for any potential threats on the dark web and beyond
We will instantly notify you if we detect that your information is leaked, exposed, or breached
Our identity protection experts are available 24/7 to help you take the necessary actions to restore your identity
We monitor billions of records on the dark web and alert you if we detect that your information is exposed or traded
We monitor your credit profile for any suspicious inquiries, new loans, or any credit related changes
We scan data broker sites that list and sell your information and allow you to remove it with a click
$1M Identity Theft Insurance
If you fall victim to ID theft, we will provide you with up to $1 million in coverage with a no deductible for identity theft recovery expenses
Lost Wallet Assistance
If your wallet is lost or stolen, we will provide you with quick and reliable help in navigating the recovery process. We will walk you through the entire process every step of the way
If you experience identity theft, our fraud resolution team will deliver step-by-step support to investigate and restore your identity
Frequently Asked Questions About Public Records
What are Public Records?
Public records are available on the internet and could include criminal records, arrests, driving records, assets, bankruptcies, liens, judgments, marriages, divorces, professional licenses, businesses, and many other types of records containing your personal data.
Do Public Records Include Personal Details?
Yes, almost all types of public records could include personally identifiable information (PII) about you. They may include your name, address, locations, phone numbers, email addresses, usernames, social profiles, relatives and associates, employment, education, date of birth, and many other types of personal data. Sometimes inadvertently, even your social security number or bank account details are exposed.
What is a Public Record Exposure?
A public records exposure is an event where your personal information is publicly posted online for anyone to see. The details may appear on scam sites, underground sources, and other online locations. To find out what information is publicly available on yourself, you can run one of our free scans and check out the report summary.
What Types of Public Records Can be Exposed?
Many types of public records may be exposed, such as your business and professional licenses, vital records such as birth, marriage, and divorce records, liens and judgments, bankruptcies, asset information, driving records, and driving violations, arrests and police records, court records, criminal records, civil records (lawsuits and judgments), and many other types.
How Can My Public Records Become Exposed?
Your public records can become exposed by simply being posted online and available for anyone to look up. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you run one of our free scans to verify how much information about you is exposed and to check the accuracy and content of the public records associated with you.
Can I Look Up My Public Records?
Yes, run one of our free scans with your information, and we will show you all available public records we find that are online and are associated with your profile. We will provide you with a complimentary summary report with all public records counts that we can find. Once you become a member, we will actively monitor your information such as your name, email, phone, address, and username and we will alert you if we find them publicly available.
Is Public Records Monitoring Included with Identity Theft Protection?
Yes, public records monitoring is included with our identity theft protection service. We will monitor your personal information, including all available public records, to alert you of any additions or changes to your public records profile that we discover.
How Can I Check if I Have Exposed Public Records?
To check if you have exposed public records, fill out a search form and run one of our free scans to instantly see what public records are available about you and what types of public records we consider exposed. We will present you with a free summary report of your records and personal details that we find so you can verify what information is being revealed.