Identity Theft Protection

Updated 10-07-2014

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
Identity Guard Essentials Rating:stars
Low monthly price with no long-term commitment; doesn't include credit report monitoring and lacks in terms of protection; 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

Nearly 400 Dairy Queen Stores Breached: Here's All You Need to Know
Oct 14, 2014 - After announcing that it had suffered a data breach in September, Dairy Queen has released a statement with details on how many stores were affected. In total, 395 Dairy Queen stores and one Orange Julius store had their payment systems compromised by the infamous "Backoff" malware. This is the s...

Kmart Announces Payment System Breach
Oct 14, 2014 - Adding itself to an ever-growing list of retailers with egg on their faces, Sears Holding Corp. announced on Friday, October 10th, that the payment systems in its Kmart retail stores were breached by malware. According to the Wall Street Journal, this breach was discovered Thursday, October 9th, ...

200,000 Snapchat Photos Leaked: How to Protect Your Teen and Yourself
Oct 13, 2014 - Celebrities aren't the only ones who face the concern of having their private photos leaked, it would seem. About 200,000 photos stolen from users of the popular social network app Snapchat were leaked online this week, according to the New York Times. This photo leak was discovered when links to...

Fidelity Attacked by JPMorgan Chase Hackers: What You Need to Know
Oct 10, 2014 - Investigators with the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service believe that Fidelity Investments was the victim of a cyber attack perpetrated by the same people who hacked JPMorgan Chase. According to the Wall Street Journal, an investigation has revealed that 13 financial firms in the U.S. were targeted...

JPMorgan Chase Breach Exposes 76 Million Household Accounts
Oct 3, 2014 - JPMorgan Chase made a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday which disclosed a major security breach that occurred over the summer. This breach, which was originally thought to affect only one million customers, has actually compromised the personal information of ...

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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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