Experian, which is the world's largest credit bureau, launched IdentityWorks in 2010 to provide identity protection services to consumers.
IdentityWorks offers up to $1 million in identity theft insurance as well as a suite of identity theft protection services that are divided into three distinct categories: detect, protect, and resolve.
With IdentityWorks, members can also get an easy lock and unlock credit file service and access to a credit monitoring service as well as three-bureau FICO scores.
Read on to learn more about Experian IdentityWorks and to see verified customer reviews.
IdentityWorks' services are considered to be more affordable for most consumers, especially when compared to what other companies in the identity theft protection industry charge for similar services.
The company offers two different plan options— the Plus plan and the Premium plan. Each plan comes with various identity theft monitoring services including dark web surveillance, three-bureau credit monitoring, social security number monitoring, financial account monitoring, and more.
Plans are offered for one adult, one adult and up to 10 children, and two adults and up to 10 children. It's important to note that IdentityWorks provides coverage for families while many other companies in the identity theft protection industry do not provide any type of family plan option.
IdentityWorks offers a free 30-day free trial membership for each of its provided identity protection plans.
The credit bureau's identity protection service also has an annual option available that allows consumers to get two free months of service.
In addition to the standard email and password line of defense, IdentityWorks also requires users to input the last four digits of their social security number in order to log in, which provides an additional layer of security to their account.
IdentityWorks provides its customers with up to $1 million in identity theft insurance with zero deductible. In the event of identity theft, this policy covers expenses such as fraudulent electronic funds transfers, lost wages, legal fees, and private investigator costs.
Although it's not unheard of for an identity protection service to provide identity theft insurance, some companies only offer up to $25,000.
IdentityWorks' customer support center is only open 12 hours per day on weekdays and 8 hours per day on weekends. This means that customers may not be able to get ahold of the company during an emergency.
Meanwhile, there are many other companies in the identity theft protection industry offer 24/7 customer support services.
Not surprisingly, IdentityWorks offers great detection services-Experian is a credit bureau, after all.
However, the company's identity theft resolution services are somewhat lacking when stacked up against competitors. For example, IdentityWorks does not offer the limited power of attorney or follow-through options on surveillance alerts.
While many identity theft protection companies offer free credit reports, IdentityWorks charges a fee each time a customer would like a credit report copy.
In order to sign up for an Experian IdentityWorks 30-day free trial, consumers must input their credit card information. Once the free trial is over, the company automatically bills the consumer's credit card if the consumer does not cancel services within that 30-day period.
Those who choose to try out the Plus plan will be automatically billed for $9.99 per month and those who choose to try out the Premium plan will be billed for $19.99 per month once the free trial membership expires.
Experian IdentityWorks is super helpful at keeping my private information secure. They help monitor on an ongoing basis and send alerts when questionable activity surfaces. They keep me apprised of all activity that involves my information, they are trusted and helpful. i highly recommend this service for identity protection.
Had to get identity protection when my purse was stolen. Experian was great to work with and I was notified when anything under my name looked suspicious.
I find this the easiest site to read and understand our if all the ones out there. It is also one of the major companies used for credit inquiries.
Ted R Whitney
I signed up for Experian IdentityWorksSM Premium but their system will not let me log on, even if I reset the password. There is no email address I can contact for help and all Experian's phone systems are automated with limited options. I got one email from them, welcoming me as a new member and inviting me to complete my registration. I would do that, if they would let me log on to their system. I believe this is a scam - designed to get money from people without providing any service. I will block any attempts from Experian to collect money for a service that they don't provide. This is a joke.
You can talk to anyone on the phone, you can't log on to the app or online. They charge you monthly for poorly executed apps and online log in. They will leave you holding to no avail
Experian IdentityWorks is not what it says it is. After I cancelled their service for IdentityWorks before the trial was up, Experian debited my card for $19.99 and did not provide the free credit report. They also refused to refund the payment back to me. They tried twice to get that payment after receiving it once. They are thieves and do not stand by their commitment to their services.
I could be wrong but I don't recall signing up for Experienced Identityworks, although I do have another protection plan. So I was curious when I saw an email this morning saying my subscription had expired and they were sad to see me go. I had never received anything telling me that my membership was up for renewal, or that my credit card had expired. There was a phone number to contact, but I decided to hide my called ID to protect myself, just in case. The welcome message was from Experian and after a couple of minutes on hold the line picked up - only to be dropped. Perhaps I'm being paranoid but this seems odd.
I like the ease of use with Experian to look up any issues with my security. They would send me alerts on a regular basis, either to tell me that everything was OK or to alert me of something that looked possibly suspicious.
I'm surprised there are any positive reviews. This company has no customer service support. Like so many others, I too have tried to use their so-called support numbers, with zero success. No one picks up the phone. It's also unclear whether this company actually does anything. Any company that signs up with Experian is simply looking for a way to cover it's butt and tick off a legal checkbox, not actually protect it's employees. How they are getting away with this is completely beyond me.
We were given credit watch service since our info was hacked. Experian was very helpful in sending notifications for any inquiry to our credit.
My husband and I got a letter from the IRS this year saying that there may have been some activity going on which out social security so we immediately signed up for Experian and we were able to lock any activity having to do with our social security numbers and we were be able to track all activity. It gave us incredible peace of mind.
It is almost completely impossible to get a person on the phone. The voice menu gives no options to get a CSR and there is no way to email. In desperation I choose the fraud option and got a person. They said they would have someone call me back (about a problem Experian caused). No one called. After two weeks I tried again. No one actually listens to the issue and they start talking about something else and I was told if people persist in calling they block your number and you are left with no option but to write a snail mail letter. For $200/year I expect better service especially since their computer system caused my issue. Terrible.
William Hart Jamison
I signed up for Experian's Identity Protection after seeing their promotion for a free dark web email scan. The scan showed that my email had been breached and I figured I better start protecting myself from identity theft. I immediately locked my credit report which provides a big relief for me.
I signed up for Experian Identity Protection after the Equifax breach. They do a great job of blending credit monitoring and id protection features into the product. I trust them more than Lifelock because Lifelock uses Equifax credit information to "protect" their customers. I am happy with this service and would recommend to anyone looking to feel safer about their identities.
We you're a victim of identity theft it.After that we were given protect my ID for two years by target because of their credit card breach. A couple of months after our initial fraud protect my ID did send us alerts within 24 hours that some one was trying to open credit cards in our name. The customer service person was very helpful and made sure that we always called her direct line back to resolve the issue. I spoke with her many many times and she was always polite and helpful. I only give it eight stars because it really does only protect your credit cards whereas other companies Apparently will protect your Social Security number and banking.
My one time experience was ok. I was notified of a credit card application in my name. The phone number of the issuing bank was provided, allowing me to cancel the application. They also, put a credit fraud alert on my account at all three credit monitoring services. BTW, you must go to the Protectmyid website to log in, not Experian, like I did. I thought my login credentials weren't working like some of the other reviewers, but I had the wrong website.
Billed incorrectly for their service. Customer service supervisor refused to help me or transfer me to someone who could. There was no yelling, screaming, or name calling, but after telling me I should enroll in another company's free service, she told me she was "going to end this call." She hung up on me! What are we paying them for?!
I received an email indicating that there was activity on my credit report. When I tried to log on, I had forgotten my password, so I clicked the link. I answered the personal questions accurately, but the system was indicating they were incorrect. Eventually I became locked out of the system. I called the service number and waited 23 minutes for someone to get on the line. The person that answered the phone was apparently only assessing and transferring, as she told me that I was going to get transferred, then I waited another 10 minutes. I hung up and proceeded to send an email inquiry. It's now been 48 hours and still not response. This is a joke.
I received a free 3 year subscription due my bank's security breach. I have never been able to view my credit report. "Our system indicates that you do not have a current credit report(s) on file." There is no obvious way that I have found to get a credit report on file. I wrote customer support but no response after many weeks. This is a totally useless expense for totally irresponsible banks only. I see no value whatsoever.
I have protectmyid and had my identity stolen. False 2015 income tax reports were filed, and my credit cards were used fraudulently. All the while protectmyid showed no activity. Don't waste your money.
Terrible. Go with another company. I recieved a warning and tried to log into my account which failed. Then tried to call and was told that they were experiencing high call volume and to call back. I tried that for several days with no luck. I tried to email them and was told to call into the number I've been calling. Three weeks later they are still experiencing high call volume and i cant get through. Hope you have better luck.
They are ridiculously unhelpful if god forbid you have to get a name change. They send you to a THIRD PARTY VENDOR info to fax or mail via snail mail your VERY SENSITIVE information. Its the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard. And if you decide you will do this, expect to wait AT LEAST 45 DAYS to MAYBE get notification via snail mail that this information was in fact received. I cancelled my account immediately and signed up for life lock after finding out this was experian's process. Absolutely 100% unacceptable. I would not recommend this to anyone.
Called to report a Identity Theft issue that I found out about via my employer and the IRS. The person on the phone was rude and just kept asking me what I wanted her to do. I told her that on the website it says to call this number immediately if you are a victim of Identity Theft and they would assign an agent to help you through all the task needed to be done. After about 5 minutes of being asked what I wanted them to do I hung up. Not sure why it is on website when people answering the phone are clueless.
I have this service (sic) as part of my AAA membership. Besides providing minimal "Protection", I heartily agree that their Customer Service (sic) is terrible. Additionally, they are constantly pushing you to sign up for their paid services. To add to those annoyances, their website sign-in is basically flawed. Almost every month, they want to confirm my login (even though they initiated the request) by: 1.) sending me a text (I don't use texting); 2.) sending an email (the email is unreadable and their clueless Customer Service department neither understands the problem nor knows anyone to contact to fix it); 3.) sending an automated phone message (another major annoyance). Bottom Line: If this wasn't free (included with my AAA membership) it would be completely worthless. I wonder how much they PAID AAA to include them as a service?
I cannot get this site to work. Every month I spent 2-3 hrs trying to get it to recognize me. I've enrolled over and over, changed my password. It doesn't even recognize me this month. The number I was given to get enrolled kept being switched (3 times) to a different company. It became a joke between us. I'm told this will be straightened out as "its a website glitch"......I never get called. If I could I would cancel this worthless subscription that was furnished to me FREE when my info was hijacked from a former employer.
Experian has chosen to deal with customers thru prerecorded options and solutions. My problems are not addressed in this one-way system. No responses are allowed, no emails and no calls. I can not believe that the California administration of this program has been using this policy and no one seems to care. I will send copies of my problems to the State and keep a file for repudiating any future complaints by Experian.
Terrible service and worse support. Website is a mess and getting anyone to fix it is impossible. Emailing support gets a response indicating you need to call. Calling puts you on indefinite hold. Never spoke to a live person! Site sends emails telling you that you need to log in. When you try to log in it says you're locked out, you must call, and then you start all over again. Took 4 emails to cancel the service. Just a horrible service.
Total waste of money sign up workrd flawless but could not sign in after that 7 calls to customer service in one day still cant log in ive called cs over 20 times still no log in final solution canceled service 12 days ago no refund
this is by far the worst nightmare ever to get any real live help from an operator . I have tried several phone numbers and all do not allow you to speak to a rep. this has been the worst site or company ever for help.
I have been lied to by all three reporting agencies Experian and the other two claim to show you your FICO score in these credit tracker programs they are a con the scores the give you are no where even remotely close to what lenders are.... For instance Experian says I have a score of 697 however when making aplication for a mortgage based on that I find Experian gives the lender a score well below 600 they can't even get it close I recommend you don't waste your money on any of these so called credit tracking programs since your only paying for lies.
I received a series of alerts about items in credit report (new inquiries) which were NOT authorized. I tried to call the service for assistance. THEIR VOICE MAIL ANSWERING SYSTEM PROVIDES NO (ZERO) OPTION FOR ACTUALLY GETTING INFORMATION ABOUT THE REPORTS OR WHAT TO DO ABOUT THEM. Essentially it is a totally worthless product/service. If anyone is paying for this, they are being defrauded!
Experian is a joke. They charge you monthly for a piece of paper that is not acurate! they owe me money and because their very small print says that they can charge my account that I will not be getting refunded.
I hate that company I cancelled way before time and they only have half of my money back
I was one of t mobile 's unfortunate customers whose ssn was leaked out thanks to experian and their lack of security .I signed up for their credit monitoring was given a password and username which don't work , I called multiple times spent an hour on the phone each time , and 2 weeks later still I cant log in to check to see if there is any fraudulent activity on my account . customer service each time gives me the run around . Terrible company terrible service , useless security , and why are they holding peoples social security numbers after they do a credit check for t mobile , there's no reason to hold that info for years ! awful company , i recommend people use the other credit services
Err...I am a TMobile customer, and after reading about the data breach where my information was stolen from Epxerian, I signed up for the free protection service (offered by Experian...wtf #1). Surprisingly, all the infomation required to signup...was the same that was stolen (wtf #2). I would have expexted a signup process a little more rigorous, like at phone call to verify...I don't know...something? Anyway, the signup process does not make me feel protected at all. I guess I'll hopefully see if I am protected or not.
ProtectMyID is WORTHLESS. I received a security alert, but I can't remember my password. After several attempts to retrieve using correct security answers, I'm locked out. Call the service line and the voice message says "we're too busy, call back later" and hangs up on me! What a joke! The service is giving Experian a bad name.
ok i signed up to the free trial about 1 year ago when someone from the company i work with hacked into the system and stole hundreds of employee's personal details. well ive never signed on so naturally i forgot my password. i couldnt remember my memorable word and after several failed attempts to log in, i was locked out. so i rang them and spoke to a friendly woman who got it unlocked for me, asked me for my address and said she would send me my memorable word. this came in a email today. so i went onto the website and said that id forgotten my password. it then asked me for my first name, surname and email address. i typed all these in correctly but then it says they were incorrect. but for some reason my first attempt worked
As noted by many other users, terrible service. Had trouble logging in, after I was sent a notice that there was a problem. I recently had my credit card number used fraudulently and wanted to see what this place had to say. I tried calling and could not even get put on hold or voicemail. Said they were really busy and call back later!! WHAT? Worthless!
I have received multiple email alerts, when logging in, did not recognize me and locked me out. The phone number given has not worked for 24 hrs. What's up with this company?
Absolutely ridiculous service... website doesn't recognize my own information and on calling put on an endless hold. Will not have anything to do with Experian going forward. I use their service for screening tenants and that is just as crappy on support.
Good luck should you ever want to talk to someone on their customer service line. You would have a better chance excaping from a black hole! Their log-in screen tells you your username and password is not reconized when it is entered correctly. The entire credit industry is a scam and Experian is part of the trifecta of not caring about fairness or ethics not to mention deplorable customer service.
What a bunch of clueless clowns. They would not directly confirm the name of their company, nice when I'm trying to find their website. The activation code they sent me bounced, no good. The first two passwords they sent me didn't work. I have serious doubts these folks could even made a PBJ sammich. Avoid at all cost.
Terrible service! They have not done anything to solve any of my issues but create more case numbers that never get resolved. When you contact customer support they are always experiencing "longer than normal wait times." It normally takes longer than 30 minutes to be connected to a representative (if you even manage to get someone.) They don't stay on the phone trying to resolve an issue but rather tell you to call numbers that are no longer in service to dispute identity theft with another company or bank. Luckily I received this service for free because my information had been compromised; please don't pay for this.
While the service may detect activity......don't try to call!!! CALL WAIT TIMES AVERAGE OVER 1 HOUR FOR ME!!!!!!!!!! FIRST CALL WAS 1 HOUR 45 MINUTES TO SPEAK WITH SOMEONE!!!!
I to was directed to this companyby carefirst my acct.at this point I am alittle leary with carefirst too how could a well known company have their customers fall into this bucket of crap twice one by hack secound by this fly night company
Michael J Dembski
The service is basically worthless, you re not getting anything that you can't get by locking down your credit reports. Take the service for free, but don't bother paying for it, thats is just a ripoff.
Absolutely terrible. I cannot log into my account without going through the "Forget Password" protocol. I've been receiving alerts on my account due to a change in address, but even when I'm able to log on, I can't save any new preferences. I emailed Support, and they gave me some BS about not being able to resolve MOST issues via email. I called their Customer Support several times, and I received a "higher than normal call wait times" message every time. There is no Customer Support infrastructure with this company. DON'T join.
received letter from medical informatics engineering alerting security compromised and gave instructions to contact Experian's protect my id elite credit monitoring service web pg and enter codes. I tried the page and it didn't accept codes. also tried phone numbers listed to get music and no answer.feels like scam!
Absolutely dishonest business practice. I waited 37 minutes on hold to cancel my membership. I explained that I preferred Lifelock's services better. The customer service canceled my membership and sent me a confirmation email. A week later my credit card is charged with the monthly membership. I take the confirmation email and forward it to their customer service asking why I was charged. Gabrielle L send me back an email stating my membership was never canceled. Meanwhile if she scrolls down in the email, she will see that it clearly states my membership was canceled that day I called. When I call the customer service line I am told that there is unusually long delays and that I should call back later. Then it hangs up on me. Completely dishonest business practice. Avoid at all costs!
Is there any way to get to speak to one of your representatives? I have tried calling for 3 days and am constantly being told to call back later. The line then goes dead!