Signing up for an identity theft protection service can be a real commitment with potentially considerable financial implications, especially since the best deals require you to commit to a full year of the service in advance.
A year is a long time to be locked into using a service you may not be satisfied with, so it’s always good to be able to “try before you buy”.
Free trials are typically the best way to do this, but some identity theft protection services don’t offer one, or only do so at certain times or with certain caveats.
Thankfully I’m happy to report that LifeLock does offer such a service.
How Do You Get Access?
LifeLock’s free trial is easy to get, if you know where to look for it. If you go to LifeLock’s main website, there’s no free trial listed anywhere.
However, if you do a quick search, this page appears. It offers a month free of any tier of service you wish.
After that, it’s renewed at the normal price for whatever tier you choose for the first year, after which the price increases to LifeLock’s normal final price for all its tiers (it jumps by 25%).
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What’s the Catch?
The main problems are twofold.
The first issue is that the free trial and LifeLock’s 25% off discount are incompatible. At least, you can’t sign up for both at the same time.
This is a minor problem in the grand scheme, because you can always sign up for the free trial, cancel it before it renews, and then sign up again with the discount once you’re sure you want to stick with LifeLock in the long term.
The second problem is much the same. If you sign up for the free trial, that locks you into LifeLock’s month to month plan, and it will renew at the monthly price.
This is solved in the same way. Ultimately, these are minor annoyances easily solved, but they’re worth looking out for if you expected it to be easier.
Absolutely. There seem to be no real hidden barbs in this free trial. It doesn’t permanently lock you into any choice, and ultimately just lets you try the full range of LifeLock’s potential for free. You can even try the Ultimate Plus plan, and downgrade afterward if you decide its additional features aren’t really useful for you. If you go a whole month without touching them, they’re not really going to be something you need.
The only real inconvenience is how much you’ll need to talk to customer service for this. No matter which path you choose, unless you let the service renew at full price instead of taking advantage of a discount, you’ll need to call in and swap the service to a new plan after you’re done with the trial.
Other than that, if you cancel the service entirely you’ll need to uninstall the Norton 360 security package from any devices. In the end, these are very minor drawbacks to a good free trial.
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