Every year, millions of people have their identities stolen. With more ways for criminals to obtain personal information online and increasingly complex methods to cover their tracks, protecting yourself and your assets is imperative. Reliance upon the Internet is unavoidable for today’s businesses, and the AVMA PLIT wants to help veterinarians and veterinary staff minimize identity theft and remain safe and secure in the digital world. This makes the partnership between the AVMA PLIT and IDShield a natural pairing, and one that allows PLIT to further deliver on its promise to protect AVMA members through it all.
IDShield’s identity theft program covers security, privacy and social media monitoring, and, importantly, identity restoration consultation services. The company offers 24/7 access to emergency ID theft support and is the only identity theft protection business that’s armed with a team of licensed private investigators who are prepared to restore your identity should it ever become compromised.
“As we venture into the digital age, data breaches and identity theft are becoming increasingly more common. We hear about cases each week,” said Dr. Andrew Clark, AVMA PLIT CEO. “Online threats pose a risk to anyone with a digital presence, but as trusted members of the medical community and veterinary industry, veterinarians are uniquely at risk. Many of us associate identity theft with financial loss, but it usually is not limited to monetary risk. Hacked social media accounts and websites can lead to public relations nightmares and damage the reputation that you’ve worked diligently to cultivate. A damaged reputation can be difficult or impossible to repair on your own. IDShield is an opportunity to protect yourself against such risks and breathe easier knowing that should the worst come, a dedicated and highly trained team will be there to support you.”
Emily Rose, Senior Vice President, Broker and Partnership Sales with LegalShield (the parent company of IDShield), noted that, “At LegalShield, we continue to provide the best identity and legal protection plans, just as AVMA PLIT provides the best benefits to its members. IDShield will help ensure the identity and financial health of AVMA members. With a convenient and easy-to-use mobile app, IDShield provides comprehensive monitoring and sends timely alerts—as well as direct access to licensed private investigators who will completely restore an IDShield member’s identity if stolen.”
A pioneer in the democratization of affordable access to legal protection, LegalShield is North America’s leading provider of legal safeguards and one of the leading providers of identity theft protection, for individuals, families and small businesses. The 46-year-old company has more than 1.75 million members that are covered by its legal and identity theft plans. IDShield provides identity theft protection to one million individuals. LegalShield and IDShield serve more than 141,000 businesses.
LegalShield’s legal plans provide access to attorneys with an average of 22 years of experience in areas such as family matters, estate planning, financial and business issues, consumer protection, tax, real estate, benefits disputes and auto/driving issues. Unlike other legal plans or do-it-yourself websites, LegalShield has dedicated law firms in 50 states and four provinces in Canada that members can call for help without having to worry about high hourly rates.
IDShield provides identity monitoring and restoration services and is the only identity theft protection company armed with a team of licensed private investigators on call to restore a member’s identity.
About AVMA PLIT
For 56 years, the AVMA PLIT has been protecting veterinarians through it all. The PLIT’s mission is to provide a valuable AVMA member service that protects the assets and reputations of the participants and enhances the image of the profession. The comprehensive insurance solutions available through the PLIT program are truly unique in the marketplace with unmatched features and benefits as well as an extraordinary structure that includes oversight by a board of Trustees, who are all veterinarians, and the PLIT Trust Veterinarians. The PLIT program is designed by veterinarians, for veterinarians.