Pay for AOL, Protect Your Identity

Curious story on AP today that hasn’t gotten much pickup elsewhere.

AOL is offering free identity theft insurance to the few paying subscribers it has left. Policy holders are covered up to $10,000 to restore their good name and credit rating — no matter how their personal information or finances were compromised.

Another value add is a separate policy to repair or replace computers that suffer physical damage, up to $1,000. (Yow – that’s less than half of my MacBook Pro!)

There’s also wiggle room for AOL built into all this: “The policies require no deductible, but are secondary to other coverage, meaning a user’s homeowner’s or renter’s insurance pays first.”

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