LifeLock and other services promising to keep consumers’ most sensitive information safe don’t offer essential safeguard.

NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – More than 16 million people in the U.S. were victims of identity-fraud-related crimes in 2017, with an estimated $16.8 billion stolen, according to a recent study by Javelin Strategy & Research. The concern over identity theft has been met with a proliferation of identity-protection services — online businesses that monitor consumers’ financial activity and personal information.

But are these services safe to use, and which one is worth your money?

Tom’s Guide recently tested six of the top identity-protection services — Credit Sesame, ID Watchdog, IdentityForce, IDShield, Identity Guard and LifeLock — and the results of this research and testing were surprising, especially when it came to the services’ use of two-factor authentication.

Of the six services Tom’s Guide tested, only ID Watchdog and IdentityForce offer two-factor authentication for customers logging in to the main desktop-browser interface, the investigation found. A third service, Identity Guard, offers two-factor authentication, but only for its mobile apps.

Also known as multifactor authentication, two-factor authentication (2FA) is a simple but powerful security feature that’s used by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple and many other online companies.

“Enabling two-factor authentication is one of the simplest, yet most important, steps in securing any online account. It makes sure that a thief can’t break into your account even with your password, and every online service should make it available,” said senior editor Paul Wagenseil, who led Tom’s Guide’s investigation into identity-protection services.

A spokesperson for LifeLock, one of the companies reviewed, told Tom’s Guide that “implementing two-factor authentication is a priority” and that the company is working to make that security option available to subscribers.

After using each of the six services listed above for three months, Tom’s Guide found that one of the services offering two-factor authentication, IdentityForce, has the best combination of features and services overall.

“Given all of the personal information identity-protection services are supposed to protect, we’re glad that IdentityForce takes 2FA seriously,” said Mark Spoonauer, editor-in-chief for Tom’s Guide. “We’re hoping that this report spurs immediate action by the other services.”

To read the full investigation, visit Tom’s Guide, where you’ll also find reviews of all of the major ID-protection services.

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New York, NY, Nov. 1, 2017 – Tom’s Guide has revealed the winners of its first annual Innovation Awards, which recognizes those products that truly pushed technology forward in 2017, making life easier and more fun for consumers.

The award winners were selected by the Tom’s Guide editorial team through hands-on testing and in-depth research in 14 categories, including phones, TVs, smart home technology, gaming and augmented reality. The feature also includes behind-the-scenes information on how these innovations were forged.

“Our Innovation Awards is a chance to shine a light on those products that stood above the rest in 2017,” said Mark Spoonauer, editor in chief of Tom’s Guide. “From a gaming console that redefined the category to a drone you can control with your hand, our selections are true breakthroughs.”

These are the 2017 Innovation Award Winners:

TV – LG Signature OLED TV W

Augmented Reality – Star Wars: Jedi Challenges

Kids – Lego Boost

Graphics – Nvidia Max-Q

Design – Samsung Galaxy S8

Drone – DJI Spark

Game – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Entertainment – Nvidia Shield

CPU – AMD Threadripper

Tablet – reMarkable Tablet

Peripheral – Razer Kiyo

Smart Home – Amazon Alexa and Echo

Game Console - Nintendo Switch

Best Overall - iPhone X

To learn about the Innovation Award Winners, visit Tom’s Guide.

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Reaching more than 30 million people per month, Tom’s Guide helps consumers make better buying decisions on everything from smartphones and TVs to antivirus software and smart home gadgets, testing hundreds of products and evaluating the brands that make them. We also provide helpful tips and advice so that you can get the most out of your products and accomplish your goals.

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Purch is a digital publishing and marketplace platform uniquely positioned at the intersection of content, commerce and customer. By combining in-depth product reviews, comparisons and services with industry-leading publisher technology, Purch creates a seamless connection between intent-based buyers and sellers. The company generates more than $1 billion annually in facilitated commerce through its tech, shopping, lifestyle and SMB brands, including Tom’s Guide, Top Ten Reviews, ShopSavvy and Business.com. With more than 1,200 product categories, Purch is the No. 1 source for buying advice for more than 100 million people each month.

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