Signing up for new websites or services can be frightening. This goes double for something like an identity theft protection service, because they ask you for a lot of personal information when you’re signing up.
It would be ironic, almost funny if it weren’t so terrifying, to accidentally compromise your identity while trying to make sure it’s protected.
If you’re like me, and you see something ask you for a lot of info like that, you’ll probably start to get cold feet, and go looking for more information on it before you pull the trigger.
Thankfully, I can safely answer your question in a word: no. Identity Guard is not a scam.
Identity Guard is a very well-known and respected name in the identity theft business that’s been around for about 20 years. Established in 1996, it was one of the first to pioneer the industry, and has an extremely good track record of cases. According to their own website, they’ve resolved somewhere on the order of 140, 000 cases of identity fraud.
I can speak from my own personal experience. I’ve used it off and on for years with no issue, technically since I was a kid (when my mother had a family plan with them). I’ve found it to always be a very reliable service which has done exactly what it says it aims to do.
The service is also incredibly well reviewed, both by professionals (including here on our own website) and in customers’ reviews.
In short, there’s nothing to be concerned about when it comes to Identity Guard. Even among other identity theft services, they have a stellar reputation.
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Identity Guard has never, in itself, suffered a data breach (unlike major credit monitoring companies, such as Experian), and it’s unlikely to ever suffer one as well.
If what you’re worried about is someone hacking into Identity Guard’s servers and stealing your information from there, it’s best to put those fears to rest as well. Planning for something like that is kind of on the same order as not trusting banks to keep your money or valuables safe.
While it’s possible the bank will be robbed, it’s pretty unlikely…and you can be assured that the bank would be responsible for restoring your lost money if it ever came to that.
In this case it’s even less likely, as to my knowledge no identity theft protection service has ever been breached at all, so there’s no real precedent for it, unlike bank robberies.
So you can rest assured that ultimately not only is Identity Guard not a scam, you don’t have much to worry about when it comes to your identity being compromised due to their monitoring service.
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