LifeLock vs. PrivacyGuard

If you’re in the market for solid identity protection, two good options are LifeLock and PrivacyGuard. We’ll lay out the differences so you can make your choice.

Best Money-Back Guarantee

Lifelock

Starting at $9.99

Best features

  • 401k and investing alerts
  • Offers family plan
  • Easy to navigate portal

Best for Comprehensive ID Monitoring

Privacy Guard

Starting at $9.99

Best features

  • ID fraud recovery support
  • Triple bureau credit monitoring
  • Lost & Stolen assistance
LifeLock vs. PrivacyGuard

LifeLock vs. PrivacyGuard

LifeLock and PrivacyGuard are very similar companies. In the 17 years that LifeLock has been in business, its focus has been digital security, and since partnering with Norton, it has doubled down on that focus. PrivacyGuard, meanwhile, is one of many divisions of the Trilegiant Corporation, which is itself a subsidiary of the Affinion group, newly rebranded as CXLoyalty. Both LifeLock and PrivacyGuard offer a wide range of protection services, from credit monitoring to Social Security Number monitoring and identity theft insurance. We’ll take a look at both identity theft protection brands so you can decide which service to go with.

LifeLock vs. PrivacyGuard

LifeLock vs. PrivacyGuard

(D) LifeLock vs Privacy Guard

Price

Winner: PrivacyGuard

Both LifeLock and PrivacyGuard start at $9.99 per month and both have a mid-level plan that costs $19.99 per month. PrivacyGuard wins this round by a nose, however, because its highest, full-service plan is $24.99 per month, compared to LifeLock’s $29.99 per month.

Lost Wallet Protection

Winner: LifeLock

Losing your wallet or purse can be devastating. You can lose cash, IDs, credit and debit cards and insurance cards, leaving your identity and money vulnerable. Both PrivacyGuard and LifeLock offer lost wallet protection, but since LifeLock offers it as a part of every plan, and PrivacyGuard doesn’t, LifeLock wins this round.

Features

Winner: PrivacyGuard

Both PrivacyGuard and LifeLock offer an impressive array of features with their highest-priced plans, including Social Security Number alerts, bank monitoring, $1 million of identity theft insurance and much more. PrivacyGuard’s entry-level Identity Protection Plan ($9.99 per month) actually provides additional features you won’t find with LifeLock’s entry-level plan like bank account monitoring, debit and credit card monitoring, a secure browser app, secure keyboard app, and more.

Trial Period

Winner: PrivacyGuard

While PrivacyGuard does offer a trial period, charging just $1 for the first 14 days on all plans, LifeLock’s guarantee is much more generous — with a catch. If you sign up for a whole year at once, LifeLock offers a 60-day money back guarantee, whereas monthly subscribers are offered no guarantee. So, if you plan on opting for month-to-month, PrivacyGuard’s trial period is better.

Customer Service

Tie: LifeLock and PrivacyGuard

This may come as a shock, but LifeLock’s BBB business rating is currently an F. PrivacyGuard has no rating, and its parent company has a history of misdeeds involving — ironically — credit cards. PrivacyGuard does enjoy its share of good reviews, as does LifeLock, but neither company is stellar in this arena.

Child ID Monitoring

Tie: LifeLock and PrivacyGuard

PrivacyGuard will monitor the Social Security number of up to 10 children under the age of 18, so you can be sure their identity is not being fraudulently used. Child identity monitoring with PrivacyGuard costs $24.99 per month. LifeLock also provides child identity monitoring for an additional $5.99 per month on top of the parent’s plan for children under 18 (or $65.99 annually). While child identity monitoring is available with both providers, PrivacyGuard is better if you have multiple children. LifeLock is better if you want protection for a single child.

Winner: PrivacyGuard

Winner: PrivacyGuard

PrivacyGuard offers more value for identity theft protection. While entry-level plans for LifeLock and PrivacyGuard cost only $9.99 per month, we believe that PrivacyGuard provides more features for an affordable price-point like bank account monitoring, credit and debit card monitoring, secure browser and keyboard apps, and more. If you have multiple children under the age of 18 that you want to protect, PrivacyGuard stands out as well.

Privacy Guard

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Starting monthly fee $9.99/mo.
Internet/Dark web monitoring Yes
Credit monitoring Yes
SSN monitoring Yes
Tri-bureau credit monitoring On highest plan only
Bank account monitoring Yes
ID theft insurance Yes
Medical fraud monitoring No
Social media monitoring No
Trial period 60 days
BBB rating F
Unique feature Optional 401(k) monitoring
*Please note that BBB ratings, plans, pricing, and other details can change without our knowledge.
FAQs About IdentityIQ and PrivacyGuard

Frequently Asked Questions About LifeLock and PrivacyGuard

Is identity theft protection necessary?

Fraud and identity theft are real threats in today’s world, and scammers are always on the lookout for ways to take advantage. Identity theft protection from reliable companies such as LifeLock or PrivacyGuard is the best way to ensure your crucial data stays safe.

What plans does LifeLock have?

LifeLock offers three plans: Standard is the most basic, Advantage is the mid-level service, and Ultimate Plus provides LifeLock’s full range of features.

What plans does PrivacyGuard have?

PrivacyGuard offers three plans, geared toward different strategies. ID Protection focuses on identity theft, Credit Protection monitors credit, and Total Protection runs the gamut and includes additional features such as online fraud assistance.

How much does LifeLock cost?

LifeLock’s Standard plan costs $9.99 per month, the mid-level Advantage plan costs $19.99 per month, and Ultimate Plus is $29.99 per month.

How much does PrivacyGuard cost?

PrivacyGuard’s lowest-priced plan is $9.99 per month, while its Credit Protection plan costs $19.99 per month, and its full-service plan, Total Protection, is $24.99 per month.


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