Sun Life Financial U.S. is offering customers a new layer of protection.[@@]

The Wellesley Hills, Mass., insurer will be providing 1 year of free PrivacyGuard privacy protection services from Trilegiant Corp., a unit of Cendant Corp., New York, to purchasers of new variable annuities and equity-indexed annuities.

The service will give the annuity holders access to credit reports, credit scores and other information that might help them detect identity theft, Sun Life Financial U.S. says.

Sun Life Financial U.S. is an arm of Sun Life Financial Inc., Toronto.