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Identity Theft Protection

Updated 07-07-2014

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 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
An expensive option for ID theft protection and lacks in protection; only includes Experian credit report monitoring; 7-day trial for $1

NextAdvisor Identity Theft Protection Blog Headlines

Capital One's 'Second Look' A New Level Of Protection
Jun 13, 2014 - Capital One is taking fraud detection to a new level with its recently released Second Look program. This new pilot program, which is currently available to some Capital One card members, is a free service that will help its customers recognize potentially unwanted and unnoticed charges. What's s...

Top 5 Most Reliable Identity Theft Protection Services
May 29, 2014 - Were you a victim of the Target hack? Did you update your passwords after the Heartbleed scare? These days, we all are possible victims of identity theft. So how do you protect yourself? One of the best options is signing up for identity theft protection. With so many options to choose from, it c...

Senior Identity Theft Is On the Rise: What You Should Know
May 27, 2014 - [Editor's Note: The article starts below the infographic.] Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the U.S. so it's no surprise that it has remained the No. 1 complaint to the FTC for more than five years in a row. Although people in their early-to-late 20's are usually the ones wh...

Will Identity Guard Protect Me And My Spouse?
May 23, 2014 - Q: Will one of Identity Guard's $14.99 memberships protect both me and my spouse? We share joint accounts, so can't we just use one account and both be protected? No, unfortunately one Identity Guard membership protects only one adult. In order for both you and your spouse to get protected with I...

eBay Hacked: What You Need To Know
May 21, 2014 - eBay is asking its users to change their passwords as a result of a recent cyberattack on the company that occurred between late February and early March, as explained in a press release. The Internet consumer-to-consumer company did not detail how many customers may have been impacted by the hac...

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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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