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Identity Theft Protection

Updated 07-24-2015

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
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
CSID Protector Plus Rating:stars
Offers 3-bureau credit report monitoring and monthly TransUnion credit report; extensive information monitoring; relatively cheap prices but family plan only covers one adult instead of two
myFICO Identity Ultimate Rating:stars
Strong identity monitoring paired with comprehensive, 3-bureau FICO score monitoring; on the pricey side
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
IDShield Identity Theft Protection Rating:stars
Somewhat pricey when compared to other services; complete restoration assistance from Kroll Advisory Solutions; frustrating user experience and poor customer service; limited credit monitoring
ProtectMyID Rating:stars
An expensive option that lacks in protection; only includes Experian credit report monitoring; 7-day trial for $1 with enrollment; credit score and other credit reports cost extra
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

Post-Tax Season Scams to Look Out for
Aug 27, 2015 - Earlier in August, the IRS revealed that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has been informed of nearly 4,000 instances of tax scamming this year, which added up to over $20 million in losses. Tax season may be over, but for scammers it?s always the season to swindle ta...

Ashley Madison Hack: How It Might Impact You
Aug 25, 2015 - By now, you've probably heard about the hacking and subsequent release of user information from infamous dating website Ashley Madison (which uses the motto "Life is short, have an affair"). If you aren't in the loop, a group of unknown hackers broke into the website's database and stole the pers...

Which Identity Theft Protection Service is Best for Children?
Aug 19, 2015 - You might not think you need to worry about your child's identity, but that's unfortunately not true. Identity theft is on the rise, especially as more and more Americans under the age of 18 are being exposed in data breaches like the one at health insurance company Anthem earlier this year and e...

IRS Cyberattack is Worse Than Originally Thought: More Than 600,000 Taxpayers Affected
Aug 18, 2015 - Just a few months ago in May, the IRS announced it had been breached by hackers who used data obtained elsewhere to access prior-year tax return information for more than 100,000 Americans. After conducting a more thorough investigation, the agency announced Aug. 18 that its original estimates we...

4 Back-to-School Identity Theft Tips to Keep Kids Safe
Aug 5, 2015 - Summer is drawing to a close, which means children across the country will be lacing up new sneakers and sitting down in new desks for the start of another school year. Parents have enough to worry about when sending their young ones out into the world without them, but how much does the average ...

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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

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