A US start-up has launched a free service to allow users to find out whether their credit card details and identities have been compromised.
The StolenID Search facility has been launched by Californian firm TrustedID, and allows users to check their credit card details against a database of two million stolen credit card numbers.
TrustedID has collected the stolen numbers and other details from malicious websites and from partner security companies.
The service is also designed to allow users to find out whether their US social security numbers have been compromised too, with users being able to input these numbers along with their credit card numbers on the TrustedID website.
TrustedID intends to increase the size of the identity theft database over the coming months, which relies on users trusting the security procedures of TrustedID itself.
The firm makes its money out of also selling identity protection services to users.
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