In order to best protect your information, you have to choose the best possible type of identity theft protection for your needs. While this may involve some research and careful consideration, the end results can truly be a benefit to you - as well as an asset. Your information and you identity are something that you work hard to establish and improve, so why risk someone else ruining everything? While these methods of identity theft protection are suited for use by the general population, choosing specific methods may work better for some than others.
Credit Monitoring Services
A credit monitor is used when you're most concerned about the safety of your money and the status and security of your credit card or store accounts. A person's credit determines whether or not they can do a lot of things - some of which can be life altering. Getting a loan, starting a business, buying a home or a car... even sending children to school or establishing utilities can be difficult for someone with bad or ruined credit. These services carefully look over financial accounts, reporting back changes to users that include unusually large purchases or transactions, missed payments, applications for credit or loans, and even withdrawals or money transfers that seem out of the ordinary. Although each of these alone is not always enough to signify a case of identity theft, together they are a pretty good indication that something is amiss - and all of them are typically associated with the activity of thieves.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, identity monitors protect from ID theft by sifting through information like use of names, addresses, Social Security number, analysis of public records and even job or marriage license applications. Each of these "transactions" is only possible - and should only be made by - the person whose identity is being used, but these are all types of things that thieves try to do with the information that they steal from others. Thieves are ruthless, especially when they need the identity of someone else to further their own agenda; although heartbreaking and difficult to deal with for the victim, using an identity monitor may help to take a lot of the negative side out of a case of identity theft.
Even though both of these methods along with things like single sign on solutions, password keepers and increased encryption services are recognized as acceptable and reliable methods of identity theft protection, you've got to weigh the pros and cons of the methods before settling on the final choice (or choices). These methods are constantly under construction, with updates and enhancements made all the time in order to provide the most up to date and complete coverage and protection to users. Why would you choose to use something that isn't going to help in the long run? Although these methods can be used by anyone that chooses to use them, they will be especially beneficial and appreciated by those that they help keep from becoming victims of identity theft.