Identity Theft Protection

Updated 04-22-2015

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S., with more than 13 million victims each year. Just being careful isn't enough to protect your identity. If you are serious about taking steps to protect yourself from identity theft, sign up for one of our recommended identity theft protection services. They all provide daily monitoring of the information that is most often compromised by identity thieves. Our top-rated services combine multiple types of monitoring, such as credit reports, public records, credit cards, and Social Security. Some also include software to protect your computer and even throw in access to your credit scores. Click here for a full comparison of all the identity theft protection services.

Identity Theft Protection Reviews & Ratings


Services: Our Ratings: Bottom Line:
Identity Guard® Total Protection® Rating:stars
Most complete identity theft protection service we reviewed; 3-bureau credit report monitoring; credit report/score updates every quarter; 25% discount & free 30-day trial
TrustedID Rating:stars
Best value, especially for families; full credit report monitoring; monthly Equifax credit reports and scores; 10% discount & free 14-day trial
AARP Credit and Identity Theft Protection from TrustedID Rating:stars
Comprehensive identity theft protection and credit report monitoring for AARP members and family; monthly Equifax credit reports and scores; special AARP price & free 14-day trial
LifeLock Ultimate Plus® Rating:stars
Thorough identity theft protection and 3-bureau credit report monitoring; annual 3-bureau credit reports and scores; monthly TransUnion credit scores; somewhat costly even with 10% discount; free* 30-day trial
myFICO Identity Ultimate Rating:stars
Strong identity monitoring paired with comprehensive, 3-bureau FICO score monitoring; on the pricey side
PrivacyGuard Rating:stars
Solid credit protection with monthly credit report/score updates as well as social security and financial account monitoring; 30-day trial for $1; includes computer protection software from Norton
IDFreeze Rating:stars
Reasonably priced identity theft protection for individuals and families; doesn't provide credit report monitoring; 10% discount & free 14-day trial
LifeLock Standard® Rating:stars
Valuable identity theft protection and customer support for an affordable price, yet lacks in terms of credit report monitoring; 10% discount & free* 30-day trial
MetLife Defender Rating:stars
Comprehensive protection includes medical information and social media protection; families will appreciate anti-cyberbullying app for children; expensive in comparison to other services but offers a 30-day free trial; no credit reports or scores
LegalShield Identity Theft Premium Rating:stars
Somewhat pricey when compared to other services; complete restoration assistance; no insurance/guarantee or security software
ProtectMyID Rating:stars
An expensive option for ID theft protection and lacks in protection; only includes Experian credit report monitoring; 7-day trial for $1 with enrollment in ProtectMyID
AllClear ID PRO Rating:stars
Covers individuals and families, but poor customer service, confusing website and lack of comprehensive protection makes it less than appealing

NextAdvisor Identity Theft Protection Blog Headlines

Your Email Isn't Unhackable: How to Keep Your Inbox From Compromising Your Identity
Apr 27, 2015 - Unfortunately, nobody's email is 100% hack-proof. Even the president of the United States isn't immune, as President Obama discovered when Russian hackers infiltrated the White House's unclassified computer system last year. Although no classified networks or information was compromised, the hack...

Cyberthreat-Sharing Bill Passed By House: What Does It Mean for You?
Apr 23, 2015 - A bill was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday which aims to enhance cybersecurity by encouraging companies to share details of computer breaches with the federal government. This bill, which is now moving on to the Senate, is part of an effort by the government to help stren...

Spring Cleaning Tips to Help Protect Your Identity
Apr 20, 2015 - Spring is finally upon us, which means it's time for spring cleaning. While this phrase might make you think of clearing out the gutters or finally tackling all those boxes stacked up in the garage, you can also use spring cleaning to get other areas of your life besides clutter in order. Identit...

Which Identity Theft Service is Best to Protect My Family?
Apr 13, 2015 - When you have a family to protect, you want to know that you are doing the best you can to keep them safe at all times. In recent years, identity theft has become a growing problem not just for adults but also for children under the age of 18. Child identity theft is often more [...]

Qualcomm Announces 3-D Fingerprint Sensor: Is It Secure?
Apr 9, 2015 - Have you ever gotten out of the shower and tried to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint but it doesn't work? Or you're leaving the gym after a workout and your home button won't pick up your fingerprint, so you have to enter your password? Qualcomm may have a solution for that. This Marc...

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Overview

What Is Identity Theft Anyway?

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information, such as your Social Security number, name or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. A thief could take out a mortgage in your name or commit a crime and pretend to be you when caught. Thieves can even use your personal information to apply for a job or use your medical insurance!

Learn more about identity theft.

How To Protect Yourself

It's actually easy to help protect yourself against identity theft. Identity theft protection services do the work for you by monitoring your personal information to detect and/or prevent identity theft. We recommend identity theft protection services that monitor several different types of information for fraudulent activity, including your credit reports, public records, and black market websites where stolen information is bought and sold. Identity thieves can strike in numerous ways, so the more protection you have, the better.

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Free Trials

Not sure if identity theft protection is for you? Try one of our risk-free trials. We've negotiated exclusive free trials with our most highly recommended services, so you can take one for a spin, kick the tires, and see if you like it. If you decide you don't want the service, simply cancel during the trial period and you will be charged nothing.

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