Internet crimes are widespread nowadays. You’ve probably heard on the news how Yahoo! Email accounts where compromised, or how so-called “hacktivists” groups have breached and defaced government websites. If this can be done with the government and huge commercial entities, with more reason that ordinary citizens can fall victims to these web transgressions. Hence, measures must be taken to protect you from becoming one.
What is Identity Theft Protection
Identity theft refers to the act of stealing one’s identity in which one will pretend to be someone else to deceive others. Instances of identity theft are widespread on the internet and thousands have fallen victims to them. This can be done by stealing your personal information like name, email address and credit card information from your online accounts like emails or subscriptions. This is why some companies offer their services to prevent identity theft in exchange for a monthly fee. This could cost you between $10 and $20 a month.
They will protect your accounts by monitoring your credit reports and alerting you in case of anomalous transactions or when someone tries to access your account without authorization. Some of these identity theft protection providers are TransUnion and LifeLock.
What is iPage?
If you are familiar with web hosting, then you already know what iPage is. iPage is a web host which is usually found on the list of top 10 web hosting providers published by several web hosting review websites. And in some of them, iPage even sits on the top spot for quality web hosting service. iPage has existed for decades and has hosted millions of websites to date, and thousands more are created each day. iPage also receives excellent feedbacks from its users and scores high ratings from thousands of customers.
iPage does not have Identity Theft Protection
iPage does not provide the extra service of guarding your credit accounts. The reason is simple. An iPage account owner will not benefit much from this added service. Many are not even interested in having one. iPage offers simple yet comprehensive web hosting options without superfluous services that users do not need. Besides, iPage can already provide enough security with WHOIS Domain Privacy options and SSL Certificates. These are the things you will need for your website and not an Identity Theft Protection option.
SSL Security on iPage
Secure Sockets Layer, or more commonly known as SSL, refers to a protocol designed for ensuring safe data transmissions through the internet of sensitive information. In simple words, SSL is used to make sure the website you are visiting or transacting with is protected from malicious software that can give way to information breach. It assures you, the user, that the information you share with that particular website is safe and will not be accessed by any other person through whatever means.
You can determine whether a website is protected by SSL security by simply looking at its address bar. If you see a “padlock” at the start of the site’s web address followed by the word https:// (remember that it has a letter ‘s’, not only http but https) and then the name of the website, then that website is SSL-protected. Notice that the padlock and https:// are colored green.iPage offers SSL certificate support by allowing its users to purchase one from GeoTrust. It also has a free shared SSL certificate for all hosting account owners.
Whois Domain Privacy on iPage
WHOIS, which is a combination of the phrase “Who is?”, is a query protocol used mainly for getting information about a domain and its owner. It is an Internet record which identifies the owner of a specific domain and how you can get in touch with him/her. Its database usually records the following: the registrant’s name, phone number, mailing address, and email address.
This means that the registration records of all domain registrants can be accessed by anyone on the internet anytime they want. To keep Whois records from public, you need to have WhoisDomain Privacy.iPage also has a domain privacy option, but not for free. By default, your domain names registered with iPage have no domain privacy options available to them. You need to buy them to enjoy domain privacy on your domains.