Aura Identity Theft Protection Plans and Pricing

A comprehensive approach to identity theft prevention for a reasonable price

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Editor's Note: Aura has some new and improved features that aim to keep their customers safe online including anti-tracking software, email masking, enhanced browser safety, and ad blocking functionality. All of these features were added to the Aura browser extension available to subscribers.

When it comes to protecting your home, you don’t just sit in your living room with your fingers crossed. No, you lock your doors and your windows. You install security cameras, motion detectors, and a security system. You think proactively to protect your property and your family. So why wouldn’t you do the same to protect your identity?

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Aura’s Dashboard

If you’re looking to protect your identity in the same way you protect your home, you need to check out Aura. They handle nearly every aspect of identity theft protection and offer features that proactively protect their customers from fraudsters and scammers. They’re constantly developing new tactics and techniques, too, to stay ahead of the threats before they develop.

Offered, of course, are what we’d consider to be the standard protections like multi-factor identity alerts and triple-bureau credit monitoring that any worthwhile identity theft protection service would offer, but Aura also provides customers features like password managers, email masking, and virus detection to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals. They also recently added a VPN to their suite of services and Circle Parental Controls to their family plans.

We’ll get into all of that in just a bit, but suffice it to say this 360-degree, comprehensive protection helps Aura safeguard their customers from a diverse range of threats. Of course, Aura’s not perfect either. No company is. But we’ll get into that as well. To give you a better idea of everything we’re talking about, let’s take a look at some of Aura’s best features.

Aura’s Key Protections and Functionality

  • Malware protection
  • Virtual private network
  • Triple-bureau credit monitoring
  • Spending alerts
  • Credit tracker
  • Retirement account surveillance

If that short list has you interested, definitely head over to our Aura review. It will cover the setup process, various features, and pros and cons. If you first want to get an idea of how much all this is going to cost, though, keep reading.

Aura’s Pricing At a Glance

Aura’s plans all include similar features — the primary difference is how many individuals are included in the plan and how many devices you can install Aura’s VPN on. Here’s a quick breakdown:

Aura’s Three Plans

Aura Plan Individuals Covered Devices Covered
Individual 1 Adult 10 Devices
Couples 2 Adults 20 Devices
Family 5 Adults, Unlimited Children 50 Devices

We should mention that the Family plan does have a few additional features tacked on. The most important of these are child social security number monitoring and parental controls on digital devices. These days, such protections for children are a necessity.

The final cost will depend on which payment plan you choose: monthly or annual. The monthly plans cost more, but they’re more flexible since you pay as you go. On the other hand, the annual plans are relatively cheaper, but you’ll have to pay for a whole year upfront.

Here’s the breakdown:

Aura Plans and Pricing

Plan Monthly Plan Annual Plan
Individual $12 per month $108 ($9 per month)
Couple $20 per month $204 ($17 per month)
Family $30 per month $300 ($25 per month)

Another great thing about Aura is the customer-friendly policies. Here are a few:

  •  A 14-day free trial
  • 60-day money-back guarantee with annual payment plans
  • 24/7 customer support
  • $1 million identity theft insurance per person
  • Assistance resolving identity theft or fraud incident

If after reading this review you decide that Aura is the right service for you, we highly recommend springing for the yearly plan. Even though you’ll pay more up front, you end up saving quite a bit in the long run. Also, don’t worry about committing to something you might regret later — each of their annual plans have a 60-day, money-back guarantee, meaning you’ll have more than enough time to get a feel for the service and decide if you want to keep it.

Aura Key Features

Features Individual Couple Family
Account Monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Personal Information and SSN Monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Spam Call, Junk Mail, and Search Site Removal Yes Yes Yes
Identity Verification Monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Child SSN Monitoring No No Yes
Antivirus Software 10 devices 20 devices 50 devices
VPN 10 devices 20 devices 50 devices
Safe Browsing 10 devices 20 devices 50 devices
Password Manager Yes Yes Yes
Credit Monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Credit Lock Yes Yes Yes
Bank Account Monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Financial Transaction Monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Home Title Monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Criminal Record Monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Restoration Services Yes Yes Yes
Investment Account Monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Annual Credit Report Yes Yes Yes
Monthly Credit Scores Yes Yes Yes

So which Aura plan is the best? That depends on whether you’re a single adult living independently, have a spouse, partner, or a roommate, or you have a family that you want to protect. Let’s break down the plans.

Aura’s Individual Plan

As far as identity protection and credit monitoring. Aura’s Individual plan is about as comprehensive as we’ve seen. Here’s quick list of the key protections:

  • Account Monitoring
  • Personal Information Monitoring
  • Social Security Number Monitoring
  • Bank Account Detail Monitoring
  • Investment Account Monitoring
  • Home Title Monitoring

The only thing we’d say is missing from this plan is Child SSN Monitoring, which is understandable given that its target audiences are single individuals looking to protect their identities and credit information.

Aura's antivirus and VPN functions

Aura’s antivirus and VPN functions

In addition to the usual identity and credit monitoring features, the Individual plan also extends its features to device protections. That includes their anti-malware software, virtual private network (VPN), password manager, and malware site blocking. The anti-malware, VPN, and malware site blocking can be used on up to 10 devices with the Individual plan.

Needless to say the amount of features Aura offers is eye-watering, but one we want to call out in particular is the Email Alias feature in particular. It generates false email addresses to mask your true identity so you’re going to get less spam (bonus) while it limits your exposure to data breaches (double bonus.)

Now, for its price, we think this is a solid identity protection plan for individuals. We’ve seen services charge upwards of $20 per month for the same protections, so $12 per month or $108 yearly is pretty reasonable.

Aura’s Couple Plan

Now, take everything included in Aura’s individual plan, and hit “x 2” on your calculator — that’s the Couple plan. We will say, though, it’s a bit of a misnomer. You don’t have to be romantic partners to purchase the Couple plan — you can be roommates, siblings living together, or just friends. You’re essentially getting two individual accounts which you will manage separately, so it’s safe to share a subscription.

Now, when it comes to features, like we said, just double everything in the Individual plan. That includes device protections, so both you and your co-subscriber get access to the VPN, antivirus software, and safe browsing tool for 10 devices each. Similarly, the insurance coverage applies to each member. In case both you and your co-subscriber both fall victim to identity theft, you won’t have to share the $1,000,000 insurance limit.

Signing up won’t save you a ton of money over purchasing two separate individual plans. A year’s worth of Aura for couples is $204.

Aura’s Family Plan

The best-value plan from Aura is the Family plan, that is, if you have a family to protect. The concept is almost the same as the Couple plan, only the Family plan provides protection to up to five adults. Each adult member still gets device protection for up to 10 devices, $1,000,000 in insurance coverage, and all the identity and credit monitoring features.

Pro Tip: Got kids? Worried about protecting their identities? Then you’re going to want to read our guide to keeping your children’s sensitive data off the dark web.

The only difference between the Family plan and the Couple and Individual plans has to do with child monitoring. As opposed to identity monitoring for adults, child monitoring only protects children’s Social Security Numbers, notifying you if your child’s SSN is used to take out loans or for other nefarious activities.

However, new to Aura’s Family plan are parental online controls powered by Circle. This feature allows parents to block and filter websites and apps, manage screen time limits, and track internet usage. It is a great addition for families. It costs $30 month to month, or $25 a month when you sign up for a year. Alerts from Aura

Alerts from AuraOne thing to note here, is that you can add as many children as you want to your Family plan. That’s because the five-member limit applies only to adults. Children are covered, albeit limitedly as we mentioned above. Children will also have to share device protections with adult members. If your child has a smartphone, for example, and they use the VPN and antivirus on it, that will count against the device limit of one of the adult members. The same applies to the insurance coverage.

We think the Family plan is a great identity protection plan for families, especially compared to most services that cover only two adults and a certain number of children. With Aura, if you have grown-up kids living with you and your spouse, you can still add them to your family protection. And at $30 per month at most, this plan is much cheaper than getting five Individual plans. Not to mention, the Circle parental controls make it all the more worth it.

Final Thoughts on Aura

Aura hasn’t been around for very long, but they’re already making waves in the industry with their unique approach to identity theft protection. They’re a service that understands identity theft is an ever-changing threat, and that complete protection requires a multifaceted approach.

FYI: Not convinced Aura is right for you? Not to worry because we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best identity theft protection services of the year. There you’ll find something for every need and every budget.

It may be superficial, but we also like the way Aura is designed. Its interface is sleek and functional, and while other identity theft services feel a little outdated, Aura feels modern. There’s something to be said for prioritizing design, and Aura really nails it.

That said, Aura isn’t just a sleek veneer. Their core protections and functions are rock-solid, and we feel comfortable recommending their protection to anyone. While they might be a little more expensive than their counterparts, we think the extra cost is well worth it.

Aura FAQs

Will Aura protect me from hackers?

Hacking is a broad term and can refer to any number of threatening activities, but Aura can prevent you from falling victim to many of these threats by providing you with malware protection and a virtual private network.

Does Aura monitor the dark web?

Yes, Aura keeps an eye on dark web marketplaces and forums for your personally identifying information and log-in credentials.

Does Aura monitor all three credit bureaus?

Yes, Aura looks for suspicious changes in your credit files at Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

Is Aura affordable?

Aura is one of the more expensive identity theft protection solutions on the market, but they are the only one we’ve found that also couples malware protection and a virtual private network.

Is Aura worth it?

While they are a little pricey, we think Aura’s bonus cybersecurity features make them well worth the cost.

Written By
Max Sheridan
Identity Theft Protection Expert

Max Sheridan brings over two decades of writing experience to our team. He has spent 1,000-plus hours researching VPNs, identity theft protection, and various topics in cyber technology. Previously, Max was an investigative journalist, and he is also a published novelist. He earned a B.A. in Classics from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Classics from the University of Illinois. He currently lives in Nicosia, Cyprus.