How to Get Free Identity Theft Protection

Consider monitoring your own personal information to guard against fraud. Here's how.

Identity theft protection company LifeLock has been making headlines lately because it will become a publicly traded company October 3. This isn't an investing column, so I'm not writing about whether you should try to get in on this IPO. As a money-saving-advice columnist, I'm writing about whether you should pay for the services that LifeLock (or any other identity protection service) offers.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.