IdentityForce is one of those middle tier services you’ll find in any industry. One which people in the know have heard about, but which might be buried under the superior name and marketing value of other options, making it a little harder to find for the average person.
These types of brands and services are always a crapshoot for a prospective customer. They have a 50/50 shot, at best, of being worth investing your time into looking at.
Thankfully, I can report that identityForce falls on the good side of that equation. It’s a service well worth looking into, and has some things about it that stack up to the best and most famous options on the market. Let’s give a quick rundown of this sleeper hit of a service.
IdentityForce has a surprisingly good pedigree, and has been in the security game longer than most businesses out there. IdentityForce has, under different names, been providing security systems analysis and loss prevention services since the late ’70s. These services were initially based entirely on physical systems, but they moved to digital when it became clear that identity theft and online threats were going to be a growing and persistent problem.
So, IdentityForce has an overall great track record across their history, and is no newcomer to the business.
How About Their Performance?
While a smaller service than some out there, IdentityForce works very well with what it has.
This leads to, sadly, a bit of a bad first impression. Their website is functional, but perhaps not fully up to modern standards.
This is particularly the case for their signup process, which is clunky and overall unappealing to new users. Their text fields don’t automatically advance to the next field when used, even for things like phone numbers, and it’s a real chore to even get into the service.
It gives off the same impression that using a government website does. Yes, it works, but it’s at least a decade out of date, and it’s clear not a lot of the resources were put into keeping the website current. This impression persists once you get signed up and logged on, where the website’s account page and dashboard is once again functional but also a little clunky. Still, it loads quickly and it’s not hard to navigate, which makes it better than some websites I could name.
If you can get beyond that though, IdentityForce has a robust suite of monitoring tools and options. The service is astoundingly competent for a service that’s not on many peoples’ radar.
The monitoring breadth is comparable to something like the middle tier option of bigger name services, with a similar overall price point. It won’t break the bank, and can be an extremely good budget option if you forgo the credit monitoring service and get it for free elsewhere, such as from Credit Karma.
Even if you don’t, the pricing isn’t particularly onerous. It caps out at $17.99 per month, and you get quite a bit for that price.
The breadth is one thing, but their monitoring accuracy is something else. IdentityForce has top-of-the-line monitoring accuracy and speed, competing with or perhaps even exceeding the biggest names in the industry with what it finds and how quickly it throws up those alerts.
It doesn’t have a ton of extra features to look for, but provides one interesting one: easy access to forms you can quickly fill out to be taken off stuff like mailing lists for companies like Experian. Uncluttering your inbox is always nice, as is preventing marketing robocalls and the like.
In other words, IdentityForce may not look like much, but that crusty exterior belies a powerhouse of an identity theft protection service, which only falls short in terms of a bit of monitoring breadth (lacking tools like home title monitoring).
They even offer family plans, and in particular a rare option: the ability to get coverage for ONLY children, without needing to buy a bundled family plan that includes a second adult account. This takes the form of their Childwatch plan, which gives you alerts if anything at all shows up on your child’s credit report (mostly relying on the fact that if your child has a credit report at all, something is wrong).
They have traditional family plans as well, but these are like everything else: clunky. You need to call their customer support and specifically ask about them to know the details. They’re decent enough otherwise.
So Is IdentityForce Worth it?
I’d say yes. It’s not one of the flashiest options out there, by far, and it does fall behind a bit compared to the giants of the industry, like Identity Guard and LifeLock, but it outperforms a huge chunk of the market in a lot of ways.
It’s also an exceptionally low price option compared to others, so it’s not too hard to figure out whether you’ll like it or not.
This is especially true because they offer discounts and two different free trial options. You can get 30 days free with a month-to-month payment membership, or a full two months free if you sign up for one of their annual memberships, so they’re extremely easy to give a try and see if they appeal to you.
Given they have some of the best monitoring on the market, chances are they’ll make you pretty happy, so long as you’re fine with missing out on some of the more advanced features other competitors offer, additional services, and so on…and if you don’t mind dealing with their fairly archaic systems that make it difficult to get past initial impressions.
Let’s compare IdentityForce to other services:
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