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Credit Monitoring Comparison

A credit monitoring service is not for everyone, but if you want to keep a close eye on your credit there are some great services out there. I use a credit monitoring service because I’ve been a victim of fraud in the past and I disagree with groups that say you should look at your credit report only once or twice a year.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission says it takes 12 months, on average, for a victim of identity theft to notice the crime. A credit monitoring service will alert you, usually daily or weekly, to changes in your credit helping you to stop the theft before it gets out of control.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, nearly 10 million Americans fell victim to identity theft last year, at an average cost of $5,000 per victim. But two-thirds of victims who discovered the misuse of their personal information within five months incurred no out-of-pocket expenses. That’s what a credit monitoring service can do for you – it can’t prevent identity theft but it can greatly reduce its impact.

You’ll also need to decide between three bureau monitoring and single bureau monitoring. Three bureau monitoring is slightly more expensive, but monitors all three credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, TransUnion) instead of just one. Before starting any service, you should look through our Credit Monitoring FAQ .