IDnotify Identity Theft Protection

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We really can’t talk about identity protection without talking about credit. Identity theft costs the average victim more than $1,300, but the damage doesn’t stop there.1 If you fall victim, fraud can also cause your credit score to plummet with major credit bureaus like Experian.

You probably know that credit bureaus track sensitive information, such as credit card debt and loans. These happen to be the same things that identity thieves are after. That’s why monitoring your credit is a great way to catch identity theft early. So it’s no surprise that a major credit bureau like Experian would offer identity protection services of its own. Enter IDnotify.

IDnotify competes with some of our favorite identity coverage options like LifeLock and Identity Guard. We’ve spent plenty of time using IDnotify, so we know all about its plans, pricing, and current deals. Let’s see if they have a plan that makes sense for your budget and security preferences.

Key Features

Here are IDnotify’s most important features

  • Credit monitoring available for up to three bureaus
  • Social security number monitoring
  • Identity recovery services
  • $1 million in identity theft insurance coverage available

Overview of Plans and Pricing for IDnotify

Most identity protection services offer the same basic features: They monitor your credit and personal information, alert you to potential threats, and have identity theft insurance and recovery services in the event a calamity occurs. But what you pay depends on the level of protection you desire. Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect for IDnotify’s monthly fees.

IDnotify Price Snapshot

PlanPriceAdd Child Monitoring
Essential Plan$9.99 / month+$5.99 / month
Select Plan$17.99 / month+$5.99 / month
Premier Plan$25.99 / month+$5.99 / month

We’ve been doing this for a long time, and we can say that IDnotify’s prices are pretty typical for the industry. In fact, $10 per month for entry-level coverage — and around $20-$30 per month for extensive coverage with three-bureau credit monitoring — is spot on with some of the best identity theft protection services out there.

Price is just one consideration, though. Now we have to ask what we get for our money. Let’s take a look at IDnotify’s individual plan options to get a better idea.

IDnotify Plan Options

We’re going to unpack all three IDnotify plans: the Essential Plan, the Select Plan, and the Premier Plan. Keep in mind that most brands offer a three-option menu like this. We appreciate the simplicity here, as shopping for identity theft protection can feel overwhelming if it’s your first time.

One thing we always look for when considering plan differences is how each one handles credit monitoring. In our experience, credit monitoring is the biggest factor that separates service tiers. With IDnotify, the Essential Plan has no credit monitoring. The Select Plan has credit monitoring for one bureau. And the Premier Plan covers all three major credit bureaus. As you’ll see, we’re big fans of three-bureau credit monitoring.

IDnotify - Credit Reports

IDnotify – Credit Reports

Credit monitoring aside, there are other differences, too. But don’t worry, we’re going to take a closer look at each IDnotify plan to see which one (if any) makes sense for you. Let’s start with the essentials!

Essential Plan

In our experience, it’s fairly common for entry-level plans to skip credit monitoring. We’re used to seeing it, and that’s exactly what you get (or don’t get!) with the Essential plan. But you have to keep in mind that it’s a budget-option under $10 per month — so you get what you pay for.

The Essential Plan from IDnotify is also missing some other identity monitoring features. For instance, there’s no social security number trace and no monitoring of public records like court filings or change-of-address requests.

FYI: You can add child monitoring to any of IDnotify’s plans. But at $5.95 per month, their child monitoring is expensive compared to the competition.

It does include social media monitoring, which is nice. From what we’ve seen, it’s rare that a basic plan offers a more advanced feature like social media monitoring. So kudos to IDnotify for this.

Last but not least, the plan includes some nice recovery services. But if you’re looking for identity theft insurance, you’ll have to upgrade to the Select Plan.

Who it’s best for: This budget option didn’t impress us in our IDnotify review. We recommend either upgrading or looking at affordable plans from other providers.

Select Plan

With IDnotify’s $17.99 per month Select Plan, we start to see the services we’ve come to expect. The Select Plan covers us with credit monitoring for one bureau and includes our one-bureau credit score and report once per year. It also gives us more extensive identity monitoring services, like public records monitoring.

FYI: There are no guarantees, but $1 million in insurance coverage should be more than enough to cover most identity theft incidents. It also happens to be the industry standard. We almost always see $1 million in coverage from services like IDnotify.

The Select Plan includes recovery services, just like the Essential Plan. But it also adds identity theft insurance coverage. This insurance covers us for up to $1 million in identity theft-related losses. We always recommend choosing a plan with an insurance policy, as you never know if (or when!) you might fall victim to a fraudster’s schemes.

Who it’s best for: The Select Plan is for folks looking for affordable middle-of-the-road coverage that covers the essentials.

Premier Plan

IDnotify’s fanciest option is the Premier Plan at $25.99 per month. This plan will give you everything that’s included in the cheaper plans, plus a few nice perks. For instance, the credit monitoring you’ll get with the Premier Plan covers all three major credit bureaus. You’ll also get annual three-bureau credit scores and reports, plus a monthly one-bureau VantageScore update.

Pro Tip: Three-bureau coverage is stronger than one-bureau coverage. That’s because the major credit bureaus don’t share information with one another. And however unlikely, it’s possible that a key piece of information will reach just one or two of the bureaus instead of all three. So to cover your bases, we recommend three-bureau credit monitoring.

If you choose IDnotify’s Premier Plan, we think you’ll also like the additional monitoring features, such as financial accounts monitoring and sex offender registry monitoring. When we took the Premier Plan for a test drive, we really appreciated the credit simulator and financial planning tools. These extra bells and whistles will come in handy if you’re striving after financial goals.

IDnotify - Credit Changes

Who it’s best for: The Premier Plan is best for people looking for the full three-bureau coverage we recommend, as well as anyone who wants solid personal finance tools included in their identity protection plan.

All of these plans have something to offer, but we recommend that you focus on finding a plan that includes all of our must-have features: credit monitoring, social security monitoring, recovery services, and insurance. With that said, IDnotify’s Select Plan and Premier Plan look strongest to us.

IDnotify Current Deal

Looking for a deal on IDnotify’s identity theft services? We’re constantly looking for the best prices on subscriptions. While the company doesn’t have any current deals being offered, you might find discounts throughout the year. Also, the holidays are a great time to shop for identity theft services (think Black Friday and Cyber Monday). Thankfully, IDnotify won’t break the bank, even at full price. Here are the lowest prices that we found on IDnotify right now.

EssentialSelectPremier
$9.99/mo$17.99/mo$25.99/mo
Services
Services
Services
Lost Wallet ServicesLost Wallet ServicesLost Wallet Services
Social Media Profile MonitoringSocial Media Profile MonitoringSocial Media Profile Monitoring
Identity Restoration ServicesIdentity Restoration ServicesIdentity Restoration Services
Dark Web MonitoringDark Web MonitoringDark Web Monitoring
Social Security Number Trace Social Security Number Trace
$1 Million Identity Theft Insurance$1 Million Identity Theft Insurance
Single-Bureau Credit Monitoring and ReportingThree-Bureau Credit Monitoring and Reporting
Non-Credit Loan Monitoring
Sex Offender Monitoring
Financial Account Takeover Monitoring
Options
Options
Options
Identity Theft Monitoring for Your ChildIdentity Theft Monitoring for Your ChildIdentity Theft Monitoring for Your Child

Overall Value of IDnotify

We’re always looking for the best identity monitoring options. But there’s pretty stiff competition in the industry. So you might be wondering how IDnotify measures up to its competitors in value.

In our review, we weren’t thrilled by IDnotify’s cheapest plan. We thought the price was typical for an entry-level option, but we thought the features were comparatively weak. Some competitors, like Zander Insurance, skip credit monitoring at this price point. Others, like PrivacyGuard, skip the insurance. But IDnotify skips both, which is a bit odd to us.

This plan is cheap, but we think it’s a little overpriced when considering all-around value. The value is much better with IDnotify’s Select Plan and Premier Plan. In fact, we think these two upper-tier packages are pretty straightforward and reasonably priced.

Another thing to bear in mind is that child monitoring is going to cost you with IDnotify. So we suggest you look at brands that include child coverage at no extra charge. Sure, child identity theft is rare,2 but we think that you should get any kids in the home covered just in case.

IDnotify - Main Alerts Page

IDnotify – Main Alerts Page

About IDnotify

IDnotify is owned by Experian, which is one of the three major credit bureaus.

Experian has a growing credit file with your name on it. The information in your credit file shows how you’ve handled debt and credit in the past. It’s useful to the people and organizations that might lend to you in the future. For instance, a potential landlord might run a credit check to see if you’re likely to pay your rent on time and in full. And a credit card company will check your credit before issuing you a new card or raising your credit limit.3 As you know, it’s part of life!

Did You Know: Experian isn’t the only credit bureau in the identity protection business. Equifax has an identity protection service, too, and it also owns IDWatchdog. TransUnion has identity theft-related options as well.

All sorts of criminal activity might show up in your credit file. For instance, if a bad guy takes out a loan in your name or runs up debt on your credit cards, Experian is likely going to flag the activity. So it makes perfect sense that Experian is in the identity monitoring and protection business. After all, they see what goes on behind-the-scenes, so why not get paid for it?

IDnotify isn’t your only identity monitoring option from Experian. Experian also owns Experian IdentityWorks, which is very similar. And the credit-reporting giant has two more identity protection services that are exclusive partnerships with other brands. For instance, Experian and Costco offer Complete ID to Costco members only, and Experian and AAA offer ProtectMyID exclusively to AAA members.

IDnotify FAQs

What is the difference between IDnotify, Experian IdentityWorks, Complete ID, and ProtectMyID?

All of these are identity protection services owned by Experian. Complete ID is an exclusive offer for Costco customers. ProtectMyID is an exclusive offer for AAA members. And Experian IdentityWorks and IDnotify are both available to everyone. Experian IdentityWorks and IDnotify are similar services, but Experian IdentityWorks gets better marks all around.

Can I cancel IDnotify at any time?

Yes. IDnotify bills by the month and you can cancel the service at any time without penalty. If you cancel, you won’t be billed again.

What are “lost wallet services?”

A lot of the services we look at include lost wallet features. Generally, “lost wallet services” just means that you’ll have an easy way to add key information from your wallet to your account. By recording things like state ID numbers and credit card details, it’ll be easier to quickly cancel credit cards, replace ID cards, and take care of other chores if your wallet ever gets lost or stolen.

Do I need managed recovery services?

A big reason why we recommend identity protection services is that they usually include recovery services. There are a lot of things to think about if your identity is stolen. You’ll usually need to file a police report, notify creditors and lenders, cancel credit cards, change passwords, and freeze your credit files, to name just a few chores.4 Having recovery experts to help you handle these chores and keep track of your to-do list isn’t necessary, but we think you’ll find it’s a big help.

How can I tell if my identity has been stolen?

With a service like IDnotify, you’ll get alerts when there are threats to your identity. When web security breaches affect you, you’ll know. When there’s strange activity on your credit card or someone uses your name to take out a loan, you’ll know. So if the alerts you get from IDnotify show anything that you don’t recognize as your own activity, call IDnotify’s experts right away.

Citations
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  1. Gredler, C. (2016, September 9). The Real Cost of Identity Theft. CSID.
    https://www.csid.com/2016/09/real-cost-identity-theft/

  2. Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information. (Retrieved May 13, 2020). Child Identity Theft.
    https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0040-child-identity-theft.

  3. Weliver, D. (2020, June 22). How Credit Works: Understand The Credit History Reporting System. MoneyUnder30.com.
    https://www.moneyunder30.com/how-credit-works

  4. LaPonsie, M. (2019, July 8). 10 Things to Do After Your Identity Is Stolen. U.S. News & World Report.
    https://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/family-finance/articles/things-to-do-after-your-identity-is-stolen

Reviewed By
Travis Goodreau
Safety and Security Advisor
Travis is a retired Burglary Detective, having tallied 5,000+ burglary and theft cases throughout his career. He also served as an Arson Investigator, where he cracked the case of a serial arsonist, and made the arrest and prosecuted the would-be bomber of ABC-7 Studio in LA. We couldn’t be happier to have him as a Safety and Security Advisor. Learn more about Travis here
Written By
Stephen Lovely
Cyber Security Expert
Stephen is SafeHome’s trusted voice on all things Identity Theft Protection. As a specialist on the topic, he researches and writes content that keeps our readers safe. Stephen holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from Boston College. In the past, he worked as a Newswire Writer and Senior Editor at a Literary Magazine. Learn more about Stephen here

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