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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

Planning to Move This Summer? Beware of Moving Scams
Jul 27, 2015 - Whether you're just wanting to move a couple of boxes or need to transport the contents of an entire house from one side of the country to the other, moving is certainly stressful. Sometimes you can get away with doing it all on your own, but often it's necessary (or just more convenient) to hire...

OPM Providing CSID Protector Plus to Breach Victims: How Does It Measure Up?
Jul 24, 2015 - The hallmark of a large-scale data breach is the offering of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection from the breached company to its exposed customers. While retailers like Home Depot and Target have gone with services such as AllClear ID and ProtectMyID, the Office of Personnel Man...

Possible Credit Card Breach Hits CVS Photo, Costco and More
Jul 20, 2015 - If you take advantage of your local CVS, Costco, Rite Aid or other similar stores to have your photos printed online, you might want to double-check your credit card statements. Following the shutdown of Walmart Canada's Photocentre website on July 14 after it became aware of a potential data bre...

Is Facial Recognition Technology the Future?
Jul 13, 2015 - Updated: July 21, 2015 A decade ago, social media was just beginning to bloom and people were only sharing their photos and thoughts with handfuls of trusted family and friends. Ten years later, social media dominates our lives and sharing every moment through photos snapped instantly from the mo...

OPM Breach Update: 21 Million Social Security Numbers Stolen
Jul 9, 2015 - Updated: July 10, 2015 The stakes keep getting bigger for federal government employees whose information was compromised in the recently discovered Office of Personnel Management hack — and now employees' family members could be at risk as well. New information indicates that, rather than the ini...

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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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