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Credit Monitoring: Prudent or Pointless?

An EKG line is overlaid atop a credit report and score.

You have probably seen advertisements for a free credit score. Look a little closer and you'll notice a catch: You must sign up for a free credit monitoring trial, after which you pay a monthly fee.

What is a credit monitoring service? More importantly, is it worth the money? We seek to answer these questions and more in this topic.

There are many varieties of credit monitoring services with a variety of features. We break down these features one-by-one.

There are free, cheaper and sometimes better alternatives to credit monitoring services. We'll make sure you've considered all your options before you sign up.

Independent information on credit monitoring is scarce. Many consumer advocates advise you to stay away. Let Knowzy help you make an informed decision.

 

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Discover exactly what credit monitoring services are. Decide if a credit monitoring service is a waste of your money. Find out under what circumstances you might enroll in a credit monitoring service. Discover free and low cost alternatives to credit monitoring. Sound off about your experiences with credit monitoring.

Find all of this and more in Knowzy's "Credit Monitoring: Prudent or Pointless?" topic.

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Originally Published:  Thursday, August 10, 2006, 5:00 PM PT

Last Updated:  Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 9:42 PM PT

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