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Protecting your identity is both more important than ever and more difficult than it has ever been. As technology improves, those who would target you are developing more and more sophisticated tools to help them gain access to aspects of your identity.
Fortunately, we have tools to help. Technology doesn’t just help thieves steal your identity, it also helps you protect it. Thanks to IdentityForce and its suite of identity-protection tools, not only can you keep your identity safe, but you can do so without much effort on your part.
What Does IdentityForce Have to Offer?
There are numerous ways that criminals may try to steal parts of your identity: from opening bank accounts in your name to picking up a stolen or lost wallet. IdentityForce has a wide range of monitoring and tracking tools to help keep you posted if or when any suspicious activity appears.
IdentityForce also offers optional credit monitoring and protection. This is handy to have, but it’s also nice that it’s an optional add-on since you may already have credit monitoring through your bank or another financial institution.
You can use IdentityForce on your computer, and much of the service works passively, protecting you without you having to do anything. That said, if you want to manage your identity information on the go, IdentityForce offers mobile apps to let you manage alerts and key information no matter where you are.
It’s strange that this is the case, but IdentityForce is one of the few identity-protection services that use two-factor authentication. This is a widely used security practice and can go a long way toward keeping you safe, so it’s surprising to see that not as many other services use it.
In addition to standard fraud monitoring, IdentityForce has a number of other trackers and monitors. These include payday loan monitoring, dark web monitoring, sex offender monitoring, a smart SSN tracker, and even social media identity monitoring.
You never know when you might get an alert about a key piece of identity information, so it’s nice to know that IdentityForce offers 24-hour tech support. No matter when you’re using the service, they’re there to help you.
In addition to identity protection, IdentityForce offers some other optional services. One of the most interesting and useful is credit monitoring. This includes quarterly credit reports from Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. You also get credit scores from either bureau, so it’s easy to keep track of where you stand.
IdentityForce even offers an optional credit simulator. This lets you see how paying off balances or opening new credit accounts may effect your overall credit. This feature is especially handy if you’re considering a big purchase and want to see how it may effect your credit health.
While the above features are optional, any IdentityForce plan includes bank account monitoring. If your balance suddenly changes, you’ll get an alert, which can help you quickly report any suspicious activity to your bank.
Getting Started with IdentityForce
Getting up and running with IdentityForce is easy. All you need to do is pick which plan you want and enter your basic information. This will create an account. If you wish, you can also enter any family members whose information you wish to protect here as well.
Once you’ve created an account, you’ll need to enter your information. This includes your social security number, date of birth, and the other usual information. During signup I didn’t see any requests for information that looked unusual or was something I wasn’t comfortable with.
IdentityForce takes it from there, monitoring your key information. Ideally, you won’t have to hear from the service often, aside from an occasional reminder that they haven’t found any threats. If IdentityForce encounters any suspicious activity, the service will get in touch with you and help you manage it accordingly.
No matter which of the two available plans you pick, IdentityForce is affordable to begin with. Even better, the company has an offer for Make Tech Easier readers that lets you get it even cheaper. With the deal, the UltraSecure plan costs either $14.99 per month or $149.90 per year if you pay annually. This gives you access to all of IdentityForce’s identity protection and monitoring tools.
IdentityForce UltraSecure+ offers the same identity protection and monitoring tools but also adds credit-monitoring tools. This includes not just three-bureau credit monitoring and reports but IdentityForce’s credit score simulator. These extra features only bump the price to $19.99 per month or $199.90 per year.
No matter which pricing plan you opt for, it includes up to $1 million in identity theft insurance. This should certainly help to give you peace of mind when it comes to protecting your identity.
There are plenty of services that promise to help protect your identity. Some of the others do a great job, but few come close to offering the blend of powerful protection and extra features that IdentityForce offers. Most of them aren’t as easy to use either.
If you’re curious about IdentityForce’s identity protection, you can test it for two weeks with the free 14-day trial. This only gives you access to IdentityForce UltraSecure, but once you decide to stick with the service, you can always upgrade to the UltraSecure+ plan if you wish.
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