IdentityForce vs Allstate (InfoArmor)

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Allstate (formerly known as Infoarmor) is certainly not the best service I’ve reviewed, so I won’t leave you in suspense: IdentityForce wins this comparison. But if you’d like to see why, and by how much…let’s jump into it.

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IdentityForce Vs. IDnotify: Head to Head Comparison

CriteriaIdentityForce (8.5/10)Allstate Identity Protection (2/10)
Ease of Use6/105/10
Monitoring and Alerts9/100/10
Threat Resolution7.5/109/10
Additional Services7/106.5/10
Cost10/104/10
Insurance9/106/10

Monitoring and Alerts: Winner – IdentityForce

When it comes to identity theft protection, the monitoring tools are the backbone of the entire protection strategy. The service detects a threat, alerts you, and you can take steps to fix the problem. This is a concept that’s easy to understand.

For some reason, however, Allstate Identity Protection fails to understand this simple, basic thing. The monitoring doesn’t work. At all. Over the entire month of testing I received zero alerts from Allstate.

For reference, there are around ten alerts I expect every service to find, and most services find them. For lesser services with more limited or less competent monitoring, I still usually expect to see somewhere between four and five alerts.

Zero is unacceptable.

So, IdentityForce wins by default. However, for posterity, its monitoring is quite good compared to other services out there as well. It provides a good array of monitoring tools:

  • Data breach and dark web monitoring
  • Social security number monitoring
  • Social media monitoring
  • Credit monitoring
  • Bank account monitoring
  • Payday loan monitoring

And, of course, the quality of monitoring is very good as well, turning up all of the alerts associated with the types of monitoring IdentityForce provides.

The only real drawback is a lack of more specialized monitoring types like home title monitoring, but that is not the end of the world.

Threat Resolution Services: Winner – Allstate Identity Protection

Credit where it’s due, Allstate does provide a very competent threat resolution team. They are available 24/7, and seem both friendly and knowledgeable.

IdentityForce, meanwhile, hits the friendly and knowledgeable metric but doesn’t quite have the availability. IdentityForce is open 7 days a week, but only between 8 AM and 5:30 PM (EST). This can make them a bit annoying to access during the work week, since for most people you’d have to take time off work to call them in an emergency.

However, this is mostly all on paper. Allstate’s threat resolution…doesn’t actually matter. You can never use them since their identity monitoring can’t detect any threats.

Insurance: Winner – IdentityForce

IdentityForce offers insurance on par with the biggest names out there, offering separate $1 million pools of insurance for expenses and reimbursement for stolen funds. That could be up to $2 million in coverage if you take massive losses in both types of loss.

By contrast, Allstate Identity Protection offers quite possibly the worst insurance on the market, capping out at $500, 000 in expenses and $1 million in lost funds reimbursement.

Given that the expenses are often the costlier part, this can be a problem, and is just an odd choice for a service to skimp on it.

Ease of Use: Winner – IdentityForce 

When it comes to site dashboards and the like, IdentityForce is at the bare edge of what I’d call serviceable. There’s nothing especially good or bad about it.

IDforce dashboard

It’s a little cluttered, but overall isn’t super annoying to use. The main problem is with the initial signup process, which is longer and more cumbersome than with most services.

Allstate, on the contrary, provides a genuinely bad experience.

allstate dashboard

This dashboard page is absolutely barren, with one of its primary widgets refusing to work most of the time after you’ve logged in.

It is…utterly worthless, and may as well not even exist. The sidebar isn’t terrible, but that doesn’t make up for the terrible dashboard and lack of usable information.

Additional Services: Winner – IdentityForce

Additional Services

  • VPN

  • Antivirus

  • Parental Controls

  • Password Manager

  • VPN

  • Password Manager

  • Antivirus

  • Parental Controls

  • VPN

  • Password Manager

  • Antivirus

  • Parental Controls

This is a win for IdentityForce by the barest of margins. Both offer the slimmest possible “additional services” in the shape of easy access to forms that can cut down on solicitation and the like.

But IdentityForce offers a very limited VPN service (that is barely worth using, honestly) and Allstate doesn’t, so IdentityForce edges out the latter here.

Cost: Winner – IdentityForce

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Best Identity Theft Protection

Individual Plan Cost

  • $9/month 

Aura only offers one plan but offers the same benefits as Identity Guard's Ultra plan

  • $14.99/m  UltraSecure

  • $19.9/m  UltraSecure+Credit

  • $9.99/m Essentials Plan

  • $17.99/m Premier Plan

Couple Plan Cost

  • $17/month 

  • Covers 2 Adults

  • No Couples plan

  • No Couples plan

Family Plan Cost

  • $25/month 

  • Covers 5 adults & unlimited kids

Aura only offers one plan but offers the same benefits as Identity Guard's Ultra plan

  • $24.99/m  UltraSecure

  • $35.9/m  UltraSecure+Credit

  • $18.99/m Essentials Plan

  • $34.99/m Premier Plan

Renewal Price Increased After 1st Year?

  • No. You lock in the price for life

  • No

  • No

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Allstate Identity Protection offers pretty standard tiered service plan, with two service tiers.

On paper, these prices are pretty good. In practice…the service doesn’t work, and so any price you pay for it is essentially just throwing money into a hole and then burning it.

The most galling thing is comparatively, IdentityForce is cheaper than Allstate’s Premier plan, and also (obviously) has better performance.

IdentityForce’s primary plan (the UltraSecure plan) actually provides all of the available monitoring tools and performance. +Credit is exactly as it sounds…it just adds credit monitoring to the existing service.

So you can save a solid $6 a month by simply foregoing the credit monitoring and relying on a free service like Credit Karma instead.

So IdentityForce is both cheaper and better, even when it comes to just looking at the services based on what they promise and not what they actually provide.

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Conclusion: Winner – IdentityForce

There’s really not much else to say. Allstate Identity Protection is an awful, awful service that delivers on none of its promises. There is zero reason to take this service, and it’s baffling that a respected company like Allstate would put out such a shoddy service and so proudly plaster their name on it.

Even if you look at just what the service promises on paper, it’s merely mediocre, but it doesn’t even manage to meet that designation.

IdentityForce outperforms it in every conceivable way, and is a whole lot cheaper to boot. Just go with IdentityForce instead.

Citations:

1. https://bjs.ojp.gov/topics/crime/identity-theft

2. https://www.ojp.gov/ncjrs/virtual-library/abstracts/identity-theft-fast-growing-crime

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