This is a bit different.
BullGuard Identity protection bills itself as
the simple and effective way to protect yourself from identity theft, to keep your personal and financial information safe and to monitor your children’s Facebook activity, whatever devices you use to access the Internet.
So this isn’t software that you install on a computer (which confused me no end when it was delivered in a box and turned out to be just a card with a licence key on – what’s that about then?) but instead you configure your personal details online adding up to three facebook accounts to monitor (so you can keep an eye on what’s happening with your children’s accounts for example – the infographic on the left explains more about all of this, click to embiggen).
You can add bank details, current and previous addresses and a variety of personal identifiers and BullGuard work with Experian to monitor for unusual activity which they can then notify you of by email or text.
I was particularly interested in the ability to monitor children’s facebook accounts.
Parental Control: keeps an eye on your children’s Facebook profiles without being intrusive. Just add the profiles you want to monitor, and Social Media Protection will flag the social activities that pose risks, including: Links to malicious websites or inappropriate content, posts, photos and private messages with violent or offensive content, suspicious friends, possible bullies or predators.
meaning that you don’t have to be leaning over your children’s shoulders watching what they are up to, you can give them privacy while also being confident that if they are being harassed online you’ll get to know about it.
In terms of reviewing how effective this is, I can’t really feed back right at the moment as nothing has gone on that should have raised an alert. Only Big is active on FB and she’s quite open with me about what she’s doing and who she is friends with – which is the way I like it, to be honest. But I’ll definitely feedback if it does raise any alerts – the suspicious friends looks like it could be really useful. I’m not quite sure what it would deem to be a bully, but I’ll let you know if that happens too.
In terms of set up, the software allows you to set up a huge variety of personal data to keep track of – the sort of thing that people need to fake your identity online, which is also, of course, the sort of thing that you need to enter all sorts of places. This leaves us increasingly vulnerable, but there’s not a lot of option if you want to use the services. I’m hoping that this is a sensible line between paranoia and slap happy carefree internetting – just something that will keep an eye on what other people are up to with my data.
All in all, I’m impressed with the concept of this service (it is a service, not software) but I can’t at the moment tell you how it works as there’s not (to the best of my knowledge!) been anything happen it should tell me about.
Right at the moment (today only!), there’s a Cyber Monday sale on on the site, so if you want to give it a whirl, you can do so at 60% off. Might be worth checking out.
Disclosure – I received the service free for review and have been compensated for my time. As ever, my opinion remains my own.