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LAST UPDATED: February 22nd, 2023

As one of the leading identity theft protection companies in the United States, LifeLock includes credit monitoring as part of its Ultimate Plus membership program. This review is geared specifically towards examining how robust and effective its credit report monitoring features are for those seeking to track, improve, and build their credit and credit score over time.

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The Good

  • Features
  • Triple-Bureau Reporting
  • Customer Service
  • Information Security
  • Identity Theft Protection


LifeLock attempts to pull all three credit reports from the major credit bureaus upon signup with its Ultimate Plus plan, presenting the information in an easy-to-read format for its customers. In addition to the credit reports, LifeLock provides a TransRisk score for each report with an explanation of the main factors contributing to the score. Additionally, the company provides customers with an updated TransRisk score each month based off of activity in the customer's Experian credit report, as well as alerts customers of "key changes" on the other credit reports.

Triple-Bureau Reporting

LifeLock pulls credit reports from all three major credit bureaus-TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian. The company provides a TransRisk credit score for each of these reports and ongoing updates to the Experian credit report.

Customer Service

LifeLock offers 24/7 phone support from call centers within the United States, making it easier to reach someone when you need to.

Information Security

LifeLock takes customer privacy and data protection very seriously, with a call center that prohibits agents from having access to cell phones or other means of recording customer data.

Identity Theft Protection

For those concerned about identity theft, LifeLock brings a lot of protective features to the table, which can be viewed under the "Feature Details" tab. A more thorough review of LifeLock as a protection service can be found here.


The Bad

  • Non-Standard Credit Scores
  • Poor Refresh Rate
  • Reliance on Free Credit Reports
  • Price
  • Cancellation Policy

Non-Standard Credit Scores

LifeLock does not provide customers with a "true" FICO score, which is the credit score utilized by over 90 percent of major lenders. Instead, the company gives you a VantageScore, which few, if any major lenders use. This means that the credit scores LifeLock provides you may be very different from the one your lenders see, and cannot be relied upon for determining or even approximating your actual credit standing with lenders.

Poor Refresh Rate

On the Ultimate Plus plan, Lifelock will only provide customers with their full credit reports from all three bureaus once per year. A lot can happen in one year. Those who are committed to improving their credit would do well to monitor their full reports more often than that. As many customers have noted, the company's advertised monthly credit refreshes are only for one of those three credit reports, Experian, and do not include the report itself, only a VantageScore credit score which, as mentioned before, isn't all that useful in determining your actual credit standing with most lenders.

Reliance on Free Credit Reports

LifeLock obtains credit reports from, where, by federal law, anyone can pull their own credit reports for free once per year. This means that if you've recently pulled your own credit reports from that site, LifeLock will be unable to pull them for you into your account.


When you take into account the above factors, providing the customer with three reports a year and no true FICO scores, $29.99 per month represents one of the worst values of any credit monitoring company we've ever reviewed. That's an effective cost of $120 per credit report per year, with no FICO score provided.

Cancellation Policy

Canceling with LifeLock requires a user to call in and speak with someone over the phone whose job is to persuade the customer not to cancel. This is a hassle that we don't like to see. Additionally, no partial refunds are offered for those who cancel mid-month, which is a customer-unfriendly policy. Both of these practices are commonly employed by businesses seeking to cover for a high cancellation rate following a misleading claim.


The Bottom Line

Although it has a well-deserved reputation for ID theft protection and, as previously mentioned, we may recommend it for those seeking to guard against fraud, LifeLock's relative lack of updated credit reports, price, and complete absence of true FICO scores make it a poor value for those who are simply seeking to monitor their credit scores, reports, and improve their overall credit health.

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Carolyn Reed Pleasant Grove, UT

Just yesterday, May 5, my bank called and they said their computer flagged a payout that someone had used my bank card for a charge of 91.00. I was lucky it wasn't 9100.00! But the fact is the bank caught it and not Lifelock. Is that good?

8 years ago

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Carolyn Reed Pleasant Grove, UT

I've been a member of LifeLock for a little ofer a year now - I've opened two credit cards, managed some other accounts and I've received nothing that anything was ever happening on my account. Nothing.

8 years ago


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king Queen Creek, AZ

they have a cheap good plan that helps me after i got hacked

5 years ago