Privacy and security are top of mind for me lately. With data policy changing and the internet becoming a source of information and personal storage, there are new challenges we face.
Unlike my home, security solutions don't seem as concrete - I can't just install cameras and a new lock. Digital weak spots are increasing along with potential threats; everything from joining the Starbucks WiFi to spam emails making it to my inbox unflagged. When searching for digital protection I only found one service that ticked most boxes: Aura.
Aura is a digital security company designed to protect your information while still being easy to navigate for the everyday user. It's a subscription made not only as a reaction to current online threats but as a proactive approach to help you manage your online data. I was so surprised that Aura covers all online assets I could think of and more!
Wondering how you can protect yourself from cyber threats? Here's everything you need to know about Aura:
What does Aura protect me from?
Aura helps protect you from identity theft, financial fraud, and secures your devices and networks.
With their subscription, you will be alerted if your registered personal information has been compromised including accounts and passwords. They'll even keep tabs on your Social Security Number for any new bank accounts or unauthorized transactions. Aura helps protect devices and WiFi connections from malware and viruses.
Everything is designed to protect your identity, assets, and digital wellbeing. There's no way to keep track of everything on your own, and thankfully with Aura, you don't have to.
What features do they have?
First off, Aura's plans are backed by $1,000,000 Insurance Coverage* which covers eligible losses and fees due to identity theft and fraud. This covers you in the worst-case scenario but Aura's other proactive features are designed to stop you from ever needing it.
They will monitor your digital footprint so you don't have to worry, including:
- Personal Information and ID
- Social Security and ID Authentication
- Certain Online and Bank Accounts
- Home Title and Address
- Criminal and Court Records
- Credit Inquiries and Monthly Credit Scores
You'll have access to their antivirus which protects your data against malware threatening up to 10 of your devices. Aura's WiFi Security VPN will provide military-grade encryption to protect your data and internet connection. This virtual private network is especially useful when connecting to public networks like coffee shop WiFi (a common but often unknown digital soft-spot).
Aura's 24/7 Customer Support is available to help answer any questions via phone or email. With the Ultimate Plan, your support is next-level: White Glove Fraud Resolution - a 24/7/365 dedicated, U.S.-based case manager to help you recover your assets and identity if you become a victim of fraud.
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What plans does Aura offer?
You can choose from three different plans with Aura: Basic, Total, and Ultimate. I found that you get the most protection at the best value with their Ultimate Plan.
I paid $30 a month (billed annually) for Identity Theft + Financial Fraud Protection, and White Glove Resolution. This gives me all of Aura's features and peace of mind. I'm taking my digital security seriously and doing it with the easiest partner out there.
Why do I need it?
With Aura, you not only get the coverage you need, but they're also keeping up with developing digital threats. In 2020 there was a 19% increase in phishing and scam sites**. Beyond spam emails, there was a 48% increase in credit card fraud***. Aura is addressing these upward trends and constantly staying ahead of the digital curve.
We've all heard the nightmare stories of identity theft, but it's much more common than we think. Many don't realize that every 7 seconds someone falls victim to identity theft*** and without the proper security measures in place, all data is vulnerable.
The question I found myself asking, in the end, was why not? - there was no reason to hold off any longer.
How flexible is the membership?
You can call or cancel your membership online at any time but will continue to be protected for the time period you signed up for. Aura also has a 60-day money-back guarantee for annual memberships. I love knowing how flexible my membership is, but so far I'm loving it and don't see myself canceling anytime soon!
How quickly can I get started?
Getting started was easier than I thought. I started by creating an account with an email and password. I was a bit hesitant to enter my SSN but Aura uses 256-AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), so I felt that my information was safe with them, especially after learning it's the same encryption technology used by the military and major banks.
I highly recommend checking out Aura for your digital security. It's 2021 and your data needs just as much protection as your home.
*Identity Theft Insurance underwritten by insurance company subsidiaries or affiliates of American International Group‚ Inc. The description herein is a summary and intended for informational purposes only and does not include all terms, conditions and exclusions of the policies described. Please refer to the actual policies for terms‚ conditions‚ and exclusions of coverage. Coverage may not be available in all jurisdictions.
U.S. FTC 2020