Microsoft today announced a new additional benefit for Microsoft 365 subscribers in the US. Microsoft has partnered with Experian to bring identity theft monitoring to Microsoft Defender. This feature will allow users to monitor their own and their family identity details, for breaches on both the public internet and the dark web. The best part about this new service is that it offers up to $1 million in insurance to cover users against losses related to identity theft. Yes, theft insurance for your online identity.
If Microsoft Defender spots a user’s personal details in a breach, the user will receive an alert and a detailed breach report. Microsoft Defender will also offer recommendations on what to do, details on how this might have happened, information on the possible risks, and more. Users can also avail the 24/7 phone access to a team of highly skilled identity theft professionals.
Identity theft monitoring can monitor these personal details:
- Email addresses
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Residential address
- Phone number(s)
- Social Security number
- National IDs
- Driver’s license number
- Medical IDs
- Mother’s maiden name
- Passport numbers
- Bank account details
- International bank account numbers
- Credit card details
- Retail card numbers
- eBay credentials
- PayPal credentials
Here’s what Microsoft Defender identity theft monitoring service will offer:
- Help protect your and your family’s identity with continuous web monitoring of your personal data.
- Receive alerts if your or a family member’s information is compromised or at risk.
- Use expert guidance to take steps to protect your and your family’s identity.
- Call an identity theft restoration expert anytime, day or night.
If you are in the US, visit the Microsoft Defender app or the My Defender portal (https://mydefender.microsoft.com) on the web to enable the identity theft monitoring service.
Note: Identity theft monitoring is available to Microsoft 365 subscribers (for both Personal and Family subscription plans) in the United States alone.