Identity Theft Protection

Updated 12-01-2014

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
PrivacyGuard Rating:stars
Solid credit protection with monthly credit report/score updates; includes our top-rated Internet security software; 30-day trial for $1
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
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

NextAdvisor Identity Theft Protection Blog Headlines

Apple Names its Top Apps of 2014: Password Manager Makes Top 10
Dec 18, 2014 - Apple has released its list of top apps just in time for the New Year. Although Instagram's Hyperlapse was a close runner-up, Elevate, a brain-training app, took app of the year. Among other top-ranked apps was, surprisingly, a password manager app called 1Password. What?s a password manager? Pas...

Twitter Tries Social Commerce with 'Buy' Button: Should You Use It?
Dec 17, 2014 - E-commerce has become one of the biggest trends over the past couple of decades. More and more people are turning to online shopping every year, and are now using their smartphones to look for deals. According to IBM Digital Analytics, online sales over Thanksgiving weekend were up 17% from last ...

How to Protect Your Small Business from a Data Breach
Dec 15, 2014 - It seems like the business world has been plagued with data breaches over the past year, and if the recent Sony Pictures hack is any indication, that's not likely to change anytime soon. In the aftermath of these security breaches, businesses and customers alike look back at what mistakes were ma...

Credit Report Monitoring and Identity Theft Protection: What's the Difference?
Dec 5, 2014 - With the rise of fraud in the country, especially those involving credit cards, one might ask themselves: do I need credit report monitoring or identity theft protection? What?s the difference? They both use similar language in their advertisements, and unless you?re a victim of a data breach, yo...

Sony Pictures Hack Keeps Growing: 47,000 Social Security Numbers Leaked
Dec 5, 2014 - Things aren't getting better for Sony Pictures following an unprecedented attack that began on Nov. 24 and keeps growing, as more stolen data is publicly released. According to the Wall Street Journal, a whopping 47,000 social security numbers were exposed in this attack, including those of a num...

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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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