IDnotify Identity Theft Protection
We tested out the Premier Plan from IDNotify, which provided comprehensive identity theft protection.
- Range of social monitoring features
- Affordable plans start at just $9.99/mo.
- Owned by major credit bureau Experian
Think of your personal identity security on the web like straining rice through a piece of cheesecloth, except the rice is your personal information like your name, address, bank account numbers, and the like. You’ll be able to catch most pieces that are trying to get through, but smaller, faster grains might slip past. Using a service like IDNotify is like folding that piece over on itself so that eventually, in case something does get through, you’ll know exactly where it went. On this page, we’ll dive into everything you need to know about IDNotify, an all-encompassing identification and credit monitoring service from Experian, one of the largest consumer credit reporting companies in the world. Note that Experian has its own identity theft protection service that we’ve tested, Experian IdentityWorks.
|ID theft protection features||Which plans include the feature?|
|Three-bureau credit reports||Premier plan|
|One-bureau credit reports||Select plan|
|Three-bureau credit monitoring||Premier plan|
|One-bureau credit monitoring||Select plan|
|Monthly VantageScore updates||Premier plan|
|Social network monitoring||All plans|
|Lost wallet services||All plans|
|Identity restoration||All plans|
|Change of address monitoring||Select and Premier plans|
|Identity theft insurance||Select and Premier plans|
|Account takeover monitoring||Premier plan|
|Sex offender list monitoring||Premier plan|
|Court records monitoring||Select and Premier plans|
Why IDNotify? Our Favorite Features
First things first, let’s talk about all of the features you get with an IDNotify account. It’s important to note that not all of these are available for every plan. The first thing we noticed was that luckily, IDNotify offers a lot of bang for your buck. Even at the Essential Plan level ($9.99), we were excited to see they covered things beyond the digital world, like lost wallets. See the list of our favorite elements of IDNotify’s monitoring packages below:
- Identity restoration: When you discover a pass against your identity, no matter how small, it is incredibly stressful and confusing. When we noticed some unauthorized charges on our debit card a few months ago, having a specialist available to guide us through the restoration process was worth every penny. That’s why IDNotify’s 24/7 access to identity restoration specialists is one of our favorite features.
- Lost wallet services: Speaking of our favorite IDNotify features that can really help us in a pinch, their lost wallet program is a lifesaver! If we ever lost our wallets, IDNotify would be able to replace everything from cash to our insurance cards and everything in between.
- Financial account takeovers: One of the scariest and perhaps most destructive forms of identity theft is if anyone tried to open a bank or credit card account in our names, make changes to our current bank account or apply for a credit card with our information. IDNotify’s diligence while monitoring financial accounts could spare us a serious loss.
- Credit scores and reports: Using credit scores and reports from the three major credit-reporting agencies, Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax, IDNotify updated us any time our credit score improved or slipped.
- VantageScores: A unique measurement that we’ve only seen provided through IDNotify, VantageScores are a combined credit score from all three agencies. Although it’s not as popular as FICO scoring, VantageScore is used across nearly every lending industry, except the mortgage market.1
- Child monitoring: Although neither of us are parents quite yet, we can clearly see the value of being able to track your child’s information as well. According to Microsoft,2 the average age that children are allowed to be online unsupervised is eight, so having an extra layer of security both before and while they’re on the web is essential. An extra $5.99 per month is well worth that piece of mind, in our opinion.
- Internet surveillance: IDNotify used our information and credentials to scan the Internet for misuse, a typical but necessary part of protecting our identities.
- Social network monitoring: IDNotify tracks social network monitoring in two ways. First, it tracked our own social media accounts for any risks to our privacy or reputation, then it tracked mentions of our accounts for anything suspicious. As people who spend (maybe too much!) time on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, this service is all too necessary, especially for our professional careers.
- Change of address monitoring: It’s already a nightmare to try to change your information when you move, but what if someone did it without you knowing? IDNotify saved us from the headache by monitoring these potential changes before our mail started going missing. Gotta get those Chinese menus and credit card offers somehow!
- Court records and booking monitoring: IDNotify monitors bookings and court documents to make sure that no one used our information if they were arrested or charged with a crime.
- Social Security Number trace: This is the big one. IDNotify monitors hits on our Social Security Numbers to be sure that no one them using it alongside another name or alias, or for any dubious purposes.
- Non-credit loans: The two biggest non-credit loans that are frequented by identity thieves are quick-cash and payday loans. Thankfully, IDNotify’s monitoring service watched out for our information to make sure no one was using our data to make a quick buck.
- Sex offenders: From monitoring our neighborhood to making sure our names haven’t been inadvertently placed on a sex offender watchlist, IDNotify has us covered.
For a deeper dive on all of IDNotify’s features check out our review page.
IDNotify Subscription Options
With three pricing plans (Essential, Select, Premier) and one add-on option (Child) to choose from, we found ourselves wondering which subscription would get us the best coverage and the most value. Although the Essential Plan provides very solid foundational coverage, it lacks identity theft insurance, something we consider essential as no service can protect us from identity theft 100%. The Select Plan offers an even deeper look into potential breaches in both our credit and identity, but this plan lacks financial account takeover coverage, something we were really excited about. For those reasons, we decided to go with the Premier Plan. Moving on up!
Tip: Always pick a plan with identity theft insurance. That way, in the rare occasion the service misses something and your identity is stolen, you’re covered for any lost funds.
|Essential Plan||Select Plan||Premier Plan|
|Number of Credit-Reporting Bureaus Monitored||0||1||3|
|Number of Credit Reports and VantageScores||0||1||3|
|Monthly VantageScore Updates from How Many Credit-Reporting Bureaus||0||0||1|
|Social Network Monitoring||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Lost Wallet Services||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Optional Child Monitoring (Extra $5.99/ month)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Change of Address Monitoring||No||Yes||Yes|
|Court Records and Booking Monitoring||No||Yes||Yes|
|Social Security Number Trace||No||Yes||Yes|
|Identity Theft Insurance||No||Yes||Yes|
|Non-Credit Loan Monitoring||No||No||Yes|
|Sex Offender Monitoring||No||No||Yes|
|Financial Account Takeover||No||No||Yes|
|Monthly Price (without Child Monitoring)||$9.99||$17.99||$25.99|
|Monthly Price (with Child Monitoring)||$15.98||$23.98||$31.98|
One of the only disappointments is that IDNotify does not offer a free option, they do, however, have a trial period of up to one year! Although a free option is a “nice to have” and not a “must-have” we think that a free option would really put IDNotify over the top.
How Does IDNotify’s Pricing Stack Up?
We’ve come to the determination that IDNotify is the best value for identity monitoring services. Across the board, the price for what you get with IDNotify is among the best in the field. Compared to offerings from companies like myFICO whose monthly prices range from $19.95 to $49.95, we got high quality at a lower price point. With starting prices at just under $10 per month and only going just above $30 for the full suite of features, IDNotify also falls in line with competitors like LifeLock’s pricing ($8.99 to $25.99 a month) and IdentityGuard’s pricing ($8.99 to $24.99 a month for individuals, $14.99 to $34.99 a month for families). When it comes to protecting yourself from identity theft, IDNotify’s $9.99 option can set you up for success, but in order to reap the full benefits, including credit monitoring, you have to spring for one of the more expensive options. Luckily, the rest of IDNotify’s pricing is just as reasonable. Check the chart below to see how much IDNotify’s plans will cost you in a year.
|Plan Name||Total Yearly Cost|
|Essential plan with child monitoring||$191.76|
|Select plan with child monitoring||$287.76|
|Premier plan with child monitoring||$383.76|
FYI: To get a full picture of your credit history, we recommend going with any package that will monitor all three credit bureaus. Only IDNotify’s Premier Plan can do that.
Canceling IDNotify is actually quite easy, but to be safe we both emailed their member’s email address (memberservices@IDNotify.com) and reached out to them at their dedicated customer service line (1-888-883-1852). At the point of cancelation, we were permitted to continue using the month we paid for, but after that, our subscription would be canceled.
How IDNotify Protects Your Information
IDNotify also encrypted our information using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to make sure that the only person seeing our personal information was us. On top of all of this, when we used the IDNotify app on our phones, we were able to set up multi-factor authentication and use our fingerprints to open our accounts. That meant that even if a hacker got our username and password through a phony phishing email, they still wouldn’t be able to access our accounts. Pretty cool, right?
Alright, so we’ve learned a lot about the services and security measures of IDNotify so it’s best we do a quick rundown and review. Overall, IDNotify is one of the best-valued identity monitoring and security services on the market. If you want a lot of quality monitoring from a reputable source, without breaking the bank, IDNotify might be for you. The best option for a completely comprehensive identity protection and credit monitoring program will cost $17.99 per month and for only a few bucks more at $25.99 per month, you get a slew of elite options. The biggest downside of IDNotify, is the lack of identity theft insurance at the $9.99 level. Our research has shown identity theft insurance is an essential element of any protection plan, so not having it available at every subscription level is disappointing. In all, IDNotify is a great option for quality identity monitoring at a reasonable price.
How do you contact IDNotify?
You can contact IDNotify two ways: over email (memberservices@IDNotify.com) or by phone (1-888-883-1852).
What is signing up for IDNotify like?
Signing up for IDNotify takes only minutes. During sign up, they ask for some brief personal information including:
- Phone number
- Social Security number
- Credit card information
This is only to ensure they monitor the right data, and are sure that said data is secure. Again, our data’s safety is in good hands with IDNotify’s encryption and SSL.
What is Child Monitoring?
Child Monitoring is the ability to include your child’s data in your account for monitoring. IDNotify pulls from public and criminal Internet properties including forums and websites, chatroom channels, search engine queries, social networks, peer-to-peer sources, hidden and anonymous web services, malware samples, botnets, and torrent sources to deliver reports on your child’s information.
Is there a deductible when using Identity Theft Insurance?
No, there is no deductible when using IDNotify’s identity theft insurance. Rather, it is included with your monthly subscription.
VantageScore. (2020). Who uses our model.
Microsoft. (2013). How old is too young to go online?
FICO. (2011). Score differences across credit bureaus reflect true data differences.