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Identity Theft Protection

Updated 04-01-2014

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; 3-bureau credit report monitoring; credit reports/scores 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
Complete 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 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 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
One of the cheapest options for ID theft protection yet somewhat lacks in protection; only includes Experian credit report monitoring; 7-day trial for $1

NextAdvisor Identity Theft Protection Blog Headlines

Michaels Breach: Nearly 3 Million Cards Exposed
Apr 18, 2014 - Michaels, one of the biggest arts and crafts retail chains, has confirmed the breach of 2.6 million of its customers' debit and credit card information, or 7 percent of payment cards used at Michaels stores in the U.S. during the relevant time period, according to the company's press release. Mic...

Heartbleed Bug Is Affecting Millions Of Android Devices
Apr 14, 2014 - It turns out that the Heartbleed bug that possibly exposed users of many websites, which have since patched the bug, is now affecting about 34 percent of Android devices, according to a Google blog post and the company's statistics. Even though Google was able to patch most of its products affect...

Websites Affected By 'Heartbleed': Change Your Passwords
Apr 10, 2014 - Since the news broke about Heartbleed, more and more companies are releasing the details about whether they have been affected and if they have patched the bug. Mashable has compiled and released a complete list of all of the websites impacted by the encryption flaw. What websites were affected b...

'Heartbleed' Security Flaw Exposes Your Online Information
Apr 9, 2014 - A major security flaw may be exposing your information on the Internet, even if you're using an encrypted website, as reported by The New York Times. The bug, called Heartbleed, was discovered by Finnish security experts and is estimated to affect more than half a million websites, according to a...

California Is Top U.S. Target For Cybercrime
Mar 27, 2014 - California is the top U.S. target for cybercrime, according to a recent report released by the state's Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris. The report, titled "California and the Fight Against Transnational Organized Crime," details the state's struggles with transnational organized crime, or orga...

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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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