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Safeguard Your Online Identity, Wi-Fi Network and Cloud Data Backups

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Internet safety is likely not on the forefront of your mind when you’re surfing the web. And who’s to blame when there’s online shopping to be done, your favorite shows and movies to be watched, or conversations to be had?

But you’re long overdue in putting an end to that kind of thinking. It’s time for you to get protected and stay protected — each and every time you’re using your Kinetic Internet. 

Why does it even matter? The number of customer data breaches has increased almost every single year since 2011. And, in 2017, there were nearly 1.6 billion breaches in the United States alone, exposing some 179 million records. That same year, there were 16.7 million victims of identity theft, setting a new record after surpassing the previous year.

And, even though credit card companies introduced microchip technology to curb counterfeit, criminals have found another way around: using your personal information gleaned from said hacks and breaches to start a new account or open a new line of credit.

Without any online security, you would be leaving yourself vulnerable to become a victim. And, the recovery process isn’t the fastest between replacing your official documents and reporting the fraud.

Ready to ensure that your personal information is zipped up tight while still getting your best online experience?

Say hello to Windstream Shield. At Kinetic by Windstream, your security is our priority. That’s why we offer three different packages depending on your Kinetic Internet usage and needs. So, which is right for you?

 Let’s take a look at your options: 

1. Shield Lite

Our basic protection offering, Shield Lite includes malware and virus protection for three devices, along with file loss protection and online backup. This option will also give you online identity theft protection, which includes 24/7 credit monitoring, Social Security number monitoring and instant access to your credit report and score.

At $8.99 a month, this version is for those who know how to protect themselves online but want an added sense of security. It’s also great for those who don’t visit websites that store valuable information, like your Social Security number or your banking data.

2. Shield Standard

With all the features of Shield Lite, Shield Standard is our recommended package for most high-speed Internet users. At $11.99 a month, not only will it keep you protected online, but it will also give you around-the-clock access to our Tech Help desk for up to three computers. So, say sayonara to those tech headaches, and let our experts solve them for you! This option also provides inside wire maintenance protection, shielding you from expensive repair costs should a problem arise within your wiring, jacks or owned equipment. 

3. Shield Premium

Our greatest line of defense, Shield Premium has all the features of the Lite and Standard packages — and even more! Its signature characteristics are PC protection (think: device insurance) and Whole Home Tech Support.

PC Protection — which include PC and Mac computers, tablets and e-readers — provides coverage for device hardware malfunction, as well as accidental damage.

Whole Home Tech Support is a more comprehensive type of support for up to 10 Internet-connected devices. Its coverage extends to include peripheral setup, along with computer virus removal and assistance.

If you want the highest protection — and recovery — for your online musings, this $14.99-a-month package is right for you!

Take a look at the chart below to more easily compare the three packages.

Ready to make Internet risks a thing of the past? Visit our Security Packages page now! And, if you’re still not sure how much online security you really need, we’d be glad to help! Contact us, and we can help get you on the road to online protection.