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Experian IdentityWorks

Offered by the credit reporting bureau Experian, Experian IdentityWorks is an identity monitoring service that puts an emphasis on credit monitoring. Nonetheless, it offers ample identity theft insurance and two affordable monthly monitoring plans starting at just $9.99 per month. The premium plan offers extra monitoring services, including social network and sex offender registry monitoring, plus extra advanced identity monitoring services to keep you protected on the web.

What Sets Experian IdentityWorks Apart?

What Sets Experian IdentityWorks Apart?

One of the unique features you get with either of its two monthly monitoring plans is Experian CreditLock, which lets you freeze your credit with Experian when something suspicious is reported, to prevent it from reflecting on your credit report or FICO score. Experian IdentityWorks provides up to $1 million in credit insurance with the premium plan and half a million with the starter plan. As a large company that’s been around for decades, Experian is able to offer cutting-edge monitoring features while charging an affordable monthly rate.

Pros

  • Extensive monitoring and fraud resolution capabilities
  • Up to $1 million identity theft insurance
  • CreditLock feature lets you lock and unlock your credit file

Cons

  • Experian likes to push offers for other services
  • Equifax and TransUnion scores only updated quarterly (Experian scores updated daily)
  • Rates increase significantly for family plans
Experian IdentityWorks Packages

Experian IdentityWorks Packages

Each IdentityWorks package covers two adults and up to 10 children. You’ll also fraud resolution services, dark web surveillance, social network monitoring and Social Security Number trace services. You’ll also get Lost Wallet Assistance, the ability to lock and unlock your Experian credit file and real-time credit alerts.

    IdentityWorks Plus

    Starting at $9.99/mo

    Our take

    The IdentityWorks starter package for $9.99 per month gets you credit and SSN monitoring and up to $500,000 in identity insurance coverage. It’s an affordable way to get great identity protection coverage, and it’s a bonus that you get the CreditLock feature from Experian to lock and unlock your credit file whenever you want.

    Package Features

    • Up to $500,000 in identity theft insurance coverage
    • Social Security Number monitoring
    • Credit monitoring

    IdentityWorks Premium

    Starting at $19.99/mo

    Our take

    The IdentityWorks Premium package offers additional identity monitoring on platforms that aren’t traditionally monitored. Plus, you get alerted whenever someone attempts to access one of your accounts by undergoing an unsuccessful identity verification process. While IdentityWorks doesn’t offer computer security tools like some providers, you get file-sharing monitoring and social network monitoring with this plan. The other monitoring extras you get in this plan include monitoring of payday loans, court records and sex offender registries.

    Package Features

    • Up to $1 million in identity theft insurance coverage
    • Gives you identity validation alerts
    • Monitors file-sharing networks, social networks, payday loans, court records and sex offender registries
Top Experian IdentityWorks Features

Top Experian IdentityWorks Features

  • Lock and unlock your credit

    Experian CreditLock lets you lock your own credit file to keep your credit and personal data secure when you’re not using it. It also protects you from unauthorized activity and identity theft. 

  • Dark web surveillance

    Experian offers dark web scanning to help protect your identity including your SSN, email and other contact information. If your information is compromised Experian will alert you for your safety. 

  • Optional child identity protection

    With Experian’s child identity protection your kids will have all of the ID theft protection services you have including identity theft insurance and the ability to lock and unlock their credit.

Compare Experian IdentityWorks Packages

Compare Experian IdentityWorks Packages

Monitoring starts at $9.99/mo. $19.99/mo.
Identity theft insurance Yes Yes
Credit monitoring Yes Yes
SSN monitoring Yes Yes
Lost wallet assistance Yes Yes
Bank account and credit card takeovers No Yes
Identity violation alerts No Yes
Payday loan monitoring No Yes
Sex offender registry monitoring No Yes
Social network monitoring No Yes
Experian IdentityWorks Monthly Monitoring Costs

Experian IdentityWorks Monthly Monitoring Costs

The IdentityWorks Plus plan, which is the starter package, costs $9.99 monthly or $99.99 annually to cover one adult. To add up to 10 kids, it’s $14.99 monthly or $149.99 annually. For two adults and as many as 10 children, it’s $19.99 monthly or $199.99 annually. The IdentityWorks Pro plan starts at $19.99 per month, or you can save and pay $199.99 annually. To add children to the plan it’s $24.99 monthly or $249.99 yearly, and to add another adult it will cost $29.99 a month or $299.99 per year.

Experian IdentityWorks Credit Report Monitoring

Experian IdentityWorks Credit Report Monitoring

Experian IdentityWorks monitors your credit report for its own bureau on the basic plan, and from all three credit bureaus on the premium plan. With either plan, you get a daily update of your Experian FICO score. It monitors new credit inquiries, new accounts that are opened with your information and major changes to your account balances.

Experian IdentityWorks Identity Theft Recovery

Experian IdentityWorks Identity Theft Recovery

In addition to monitoring your identity when it’s used to open new accounts, it also monitors your sensitive data on the dark web and even offers lost-wallet assistance to cancel all your cards at once. With the premium plan, you also get your identity monitored in court records and bookings and on social media. If your identity is stolen, Experian’s fraud resolution specialists get to work helping your case. Plus, the starter plan offers as much as $500,000 in identity theft insurance and the premium plan covers you for up to $1 million in identity theft losses.

Experian IdentityWorks Family Monitoring

Experian IdentityWorks Family Monitoring

Each of Experian’s IdentityWorks plans features two family options. The first family monitoring option lets you add up to 10 children, and the other also lets you add a second adult. 

Experian IdentityWorks Mobile App

Experian IdentityWorks Mobile App

IdentityWorks from Experian doesn’t offer a mobile app. To take advantage of the features you get with your plan, you can log into your account on the website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Experian IdentityWorks work?

Experian IdentityWorks monitors your sensitive personal and financial data and alerts you when it’s been used to open a new account, such as when a fraudster is using it to apply for credit. If damage is done to your credit before you can respond, Experian’s identity theft insurance will cover the damage.

How much does Experian IdentityWorks cost?

IdentityWorks costs $9.99 per month and $19.99 per month, depending on your plan. It costs extra to add family members to your plan.

How does Experien IdentityWorks compare to similar services?

Unlike other identity protection services, Experian IdentityWorks comes from an actual credit bureau. Therefore, you get highly accurate information about your credit. You also get Experian CreditLock, which lets you lock and unlock your own credit file.


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