Identity Guard

Identity Guard positions itself as a 21st-century solution to identity theft. Offering comprehensive membership access to their technology, they’ll help you protect your sensitive information and provide 24/7 monitoring to alert you of certain activity that may indicate fraud.

Identity Guard

Why Identity Guard?

Why Identity Guard?

Identity Guard offers three different single or family membership plans that aim to protect your identity and alert you at the first sign of a possible threat.

One of their claims to fame is their partnership with IBM Watson’s artificial intelligence scanning software to take monitoring to the next level. Using algorithms that predict how your digital habits could make you vulnerable – thus instructing you how to change your habits to reduce risk.

Identity Guard prides themselves on their quick response to any potential threat, stating “We’re looking out for you 24/7 to send you the fastest alerts through mobile app notifications and email.” Identity Guard will also support you during the recovery process of identity theft. They state that if your identity is stolen as a member, they’ll reimburse you up to a million dollars* and will assist you with professional guidance every step of the way.

What we like

  • Family plans offered
  • IBM intelligent tracking
  • Affordably priced

What we don’t like

  • Limited recovery services
  • Lacks sex offender scanning
  • No money-back guarantee
Identity Guard Packages

Identity Guard Packages

    Value

    Starting at $8.99/mo

    Our take

    The competitively priced package offers a healthy assortment of services, including dark web monitoring and alerts, safe browsing extension and a U.S. based dedicated case manager to assist with any questions or emergencies.

    Package Features

    • Online identity dashboard
    • Anti phishing app
    • $1 million insurance

    Total

    Starting at $19.99/mo

    Our take

    In addition to the value coverage, Total monitoring protects your financial accounts tries to change your personal account information. Real-time alerts can better assist you in closing down your accounts and reporting the fraudulent activity to your bank before identity thieves cause damage.

    Package Features

    • Monthly credit score
    • 3-credit bureau changes
    • Personal threat detection

    Premier

    Starting at $24.99/mo

    Our take

    Premier is Identity Guards most comprehensive package – even providing a social insight report that monitors your social accounts for information that may provide identity thieves with the tools to commit fraud in your name.

    Package Features

    • Safe browsing extension
    • 3-credit bureau report
    • Social insight report
Top 3 Identity Guard Features

Top 3 Identity Guard Features

  • Identity Theft Scanning

    Identity Guard partnered with IBM Watson to constantly monitor and scan the web for threats that include your personal data using IBM’s scanning feature.

  • Instant Alerts

    With Identity Guard, anytime your information is found on the Dark Web or in suspicious files you’ll get an instant smartphone alert and an email so you can take action quickly.

  • Recovery Insurance

    If your information is compromised, Identity Guard will help you secure your data with one of their experts. You’ll also get up $1 million in recovery insurance.

Compare Identity Guard Plans

Compare Identity Guard Plans

Starting price $8.99/mo. $19.99/mo. $24.99/mo.
Bank account & credit card protection Yes Yes Yes
Dark web scan Yes Yes Yes
Fraud remediation Yes Yes Yes
Credit monitoring No Yes Yes
Month credit score No Yes Yes
Investment protection No No Yes
Triple bureau report No No Yes
Safe browsing extension Yes Yes Yes
Three credit reports No No Yes
Risk management score Yes Yes Yes
$1 million identity theft insurance Yes Yes Yes
High-risk transaction alerts Yes Yes Yes
Social insight report No No Yes
Family monitoring available Yes Yes
Identity Guard Monitoring Monthly Costs

Identity Guard Monitoring Monthly Costs

Identity Guard offers three plans. The Value plan starts at an affordable $7.50/mo. You’ll get Dark Web monitoring, safe browsing tools and the mobile app.

The Total plan costs $16.67/mo. You’ll get everything in the Value plan, along with a monthly credit score update, tri-bureau monitoring and address monitoring. 

Lastly, there’s the Premier plan which costs $20.83/mo. You’ll get all features from the Total and Value plans, plus you’ll get tax refund alerts, a credit report and social insight.

Identity Guard Credit Report Monitoring

Identity Guard Credit Report Monitoring

Identity Guard gives you a credit report from all three bureaus with the Premier plan to keep a close eye on your credit. They also offer tri-bureau monitoring and credit score alerts to you’re always in the know when it comes to your credit.

Identity Guard Identity Theft Recovery

Identity Guard Identity Theft Recovery

If you become a victim of identity theft, an Identity Guard expert will give you the advice to secure your information again. You’ll also have a case manager to work on your unique case until everything’s done.

Identity Guard Family Monitoring

Identity Guard Family Monitoring

You’ll be able to add children or your spouse to your ID theft monitoring plan with the Family plan for $27.99/mo. Unfortunately, they aren’t clear on the number of children the plan allows you to add. If you need to only add your spouse, they have a plan available for $26.99/mo. It’s best to speak with an Identity Guard expert to learn about what these plans include.

Identity Guard Mobile App

Identity Guard Mobile App

The Identity Guard mobile app includes a number of features to monitor your identity:  

  • See credit scores from all three bureaus 
  • Get instant alerts when there’s a change or suspicious activity 
  • Find answers to your questions about identity theft and credit 
  • Read the latest news on ID theft to keep you alert and aware 
Frequently Asked Questions About Identity Guard

Frequently Asked Questions About Identity Guard

How does Identity Guard work?

Identity Guard scans thousands of transactions in a millisecond to detect any potential threats that stand out, and will alert you via email or app notification within seconds. This digitally-focused service will help you stop any potential threats before they cause damage to your sensitive information.

What is Watson?

Watson is an artificial intelligence system developed by IBM. Watson is capable of sifting through millions of transactions to detect any discrepancies in virtually no time at all. Identity Guard uses Watson’s capabilities to monitor billions of digital points of information regarding your online identity.

Will Identity Guard protect my devices?

While Identity Guard does include the protection against malware in some of its plans, it won’t protect your devices from being hacked or from viruses attacking your computer from a risky download. It’s best to employ computer virus software to protect against cyber threats such as those.


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