Fraud Alert – Less extreme than a Security Freeze, this is another free service you can request from credit bureaus. It means that any business or financial institution should contact you directly to verify your identity before opening a new account in your name
Free Monitoring – Most banks and credit card companies provide real-time alerts of any suspicious activities. A company known as Credit Karma will also provide free monitoring of your TransUnion credit report.. Credit Sesame will do the same with Experian. Visit the website trustedid.com. You can get alerts if your Social Security number and/or credit card numbers show up on scammers’ black market websites.
Computer Protection Software – There are many good, free anti-virus software programs available on the Internet. There are also additional free protection programs like Malwarebytes that look for hidden programs that may have slipped past your anti-virus software that could be sending your personal information to others without your knowledge. Always remember to get updates for these programs on a regular basis.