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What Are Identity Monitoring Services and Do You Need Them?

Here are some of the services that can be used to monitor for fraud and other breaches.

With all of the headlines today around security breaches and large financial losses continuing to be announced, it can be easy to feel uneasy about your own security.

In 2017, there were 16.7 million victims of identity fraud and scammers continue to launch sophisticated attacks in both large organizations as well as small-scale attacks that go undetected.

To offer peace of mind and best protect themselves, many are turning to identity monitoring services. Ranging from free, to other more costly options, these services are dedicated to helping individuals keep a close eye on their data and quickly reporting any changes that might be cause for concern.

Here are some of the services that can be used to monitor for fraud and other breaches.

Freezes & Alerts on Credit Reports

One way you can add a close monitor of your finances and fraud attempts is to put a freeze on your credit report. This will mean no new credit can be opened under your name until you remove the freeze. A fraud alert can also be used if you feel you might be a victim of an attack. An alert increases the measures that must be taken for you to open a new line of credit from a lender.

Services to Protect Your From Losses

In addition to monitoring things like changes to your credit or other public applications, some services will also offer protections for subscribers against losses should something occur. Be sure to find out the specifics of your loss protection before signing up for any services.

Proactive Monitoring

Many services will also help you to be proactive about monitoring your identity and finances by sending you alerts any time someone tries to gain access to your accounts or uses your personally identifying information like your social, drivers license or other information to submit an application or try to make a purchase.

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