identity guard 30-day free trialEveryone likes an opportunity to try a product or service before making a financial commitment, and this is especially true when it comes to something that might offer features you have no experience using. Identity Guard expanded its top-notch identity theft protection and credit monitoring service earlier this year to offer two new plans for couples and families. At the time, neither of these plans included a free trial period, unlike the plan for individuals, which meant anyone interested in protecting themselves as well as their spouse and/or children would have to either dive straight in and make a financial commitment from the get-go or do a test run with an individual plan before switching to the plan they really want. Fortunately, Identity Guard is now giving NextAdvisor readers a special offer that extends the 30-day free trials to each of its three plans.

How do I take advantage of the 30-day free trial?

Signing up for a 30-day free trial of Identity Guard is as easy as clicking any link to the website from NextAdvisor. There’s no special code you have to use, but you do need to sign up using a link from our website. What’s more, when you sign up for Identity Guard through NextAdvisor, you will also get a special 25% discount on the plan you choose (should you decide to stick with Identity Guard after your free trial ends). Keep in mind that if you don’t cancel before 30 days is up, you will be billed for the cost of whichever plan you chose during signup.

What’s the difference between Identity Guard’s plans?

Identity Guard offers three plans that are virtually identical when it comes to the types of credit monitoring and identity protection features they provide, but allow you to protect a different number of people depending on your individual needs. All plans are charged on a month-to-month basis with no annual prepay option. The Individual Plan covers a single adult for the price of $14.99/month, while the Couple Plan covers two adults in a single household for $22.99/month — a savings of $8/month. Finally, the Family Plan costs $24.99/month and covers two adults as well as up to 15 children living in the same household. Children must be under the age of 18 and you must be their legal guardian to receive coverage.

What kind of monitoring does Identity Guard provide?

Adults who sign up with Identity Guard will receive all three (TransUnion, Experian and Equifax) credit scores and credit report updates on a quarterly basis, as well as around-the-clock credit monitoring to alert you to any changes that might indicate suspicious activity. Additionally, your personal information, including your social security number, will be monitored on the Internet black market and public records to ensure it isn’t being traded, sold or otherwise misused. Children are protected with Identity Guard’s kID Sure child monitoring, which consists of monitoring for his or her information on criminal records, DMV records and utilities records, as well as scanning for social security number exposure on the Internet black market.

Identity theft victim assistance and a $1 million identity theft insurance policy protects all plan members in the unlikely event they become victims of identity theft during their Identity Guard membership. This kind of protection is great to have because not only does it help you recoup any potential lost money, but it also ensures you won’t have to go through the process of notifying credit bureaus and other necessary actions alone after you’ve been victimized.

Sign up for Identity Guard to start your free trial today, and read our identity theft protection reviews to see how it compares to other services.

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