Aura Identity Theft Protection Review

In this Aura Identity Theft Protection review you are going to learn what makes Aura the most comprehensive solution of the seven Digital Safety Platforms I use.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Why would you ever use seven Identity Theft Protection companies?

I’m a Sleuth, that’s what I do… Come on.

Luckily, I haven’t been burned yet but I do have relatives racking up points in the age department. Don’t worry Mom, I’m not talking about you.

And I’m a little bit paranoid, shall we say, about our finances and about getting pwned online, and Aura just has our back in so many ways.

So if you sign up for Aura take a look at my links below. I’m constantly sleuthing for the best deals for you guys, so make sure to hop on that.

Now, I’m gonna start with literally the most boring part of any Identity Theft Protection and I’ll keep it brief.

The only reason I even talk about the Customer Support Experience is because with even some of the biggest names in Identity Theft protection, like Norton’s Lifelock, the support is so bad that you’re just wishing you had your time back when you’re done with every call that you make. And if you think about it, a lot of times when you call these companies, you’re already having a bad day.

Anyway, that is very far from the case with Aura. They have a US-based support team that understands their product, understands your needs as their customer, very pleasant, very knowledgeable, and very respectful of your time.

Setting Up Aura

So how Aura works, at its core, is that you input the personal information that you want to monitor—your name, date of birth, and SSN by default. But you can add tons of other information like phone numbers, email addresses, gamer tags, and so on.

Aura will then scan the dark web for instances of your leaked login credentials, credit card numbers, passport numbers—whatever it may be. When they do come across your personal information on the dark web they’ll send you an alert. They’ll tell you what’s been found, where it was found, and what you should do about it.

Just to give you a look behind the curtain I’ll tell you what they found for me in just a bit.

Screenshot showing Aura Identity Theft Protection Opt-out Request

Aura also scans the public web for your personal information and submits opt-out requests with data brokers on your behalf. This helps knock down robocalls, junk mail, and all that. They do this on an ongoing basis—every now and then I get an email saying they submitted opt-out requests with however many data brokers. And I didn’t measure it, but it does seem like I get fewer spam calls now, although it took a month or two for it to kick in.

Furthermore, Aura even scans credit and utility accounts, so if someone tries to open an account in your name you’ll get an alert. They also scan public records so if something crazy happens like someone tries to change the name on your home deed or they use your name during an arrest, you’ll get an alert.

So in terms of personal information monitoring, you’re pretty thoroughly covered with Aura.

Features of Aura

Before I get to the dark web hits, here are a few pretty cool things about Aura that are worth mentioning.

VantageScore

Aura pulls monthly and annual credit scores using the VantageScore from all three bureaus, so you can see all that any time you want.

Experian CreditLock

They also have an Experian CreditLock so you can prevent unwanted inquiries with the click of a button, which is a nice added level of security.

Transaction Monitoring

Aura also has transaction monitoring if you want to link your financial accounts. You can set alert thresholds so if there are any charges over the limit you set, you’ll get an alert and you can look and see if they’re legit.

Extra Protection Features

Aura offer a VPN, password manager, antivirus, and—if you’re on the family plan—parental controls, separate accounts for up to five adults with full features, and sub accounts for unlimited children.

Affordable and Comprehensive Plans

I want to say that Aura is the cheapest Identity Theft Protection out there, but the pricing tiers across companies are so disjointed that it is tough to compare.

What I can say is that Aura’s plans are the most comprehensive solutions I’ve seen for the price; and that’s before you apply any of my discounts—which you should do, so you can save money on Identity Theft Protection, just like you would if you bought car insurance from a gecko.

Dark Web Monitoring

Alright, now for the fun part. Let’s see what Aura dragged up from the depths of the dark web.

I’m monitoring six email addresses in Aura and it has found dark web hits associated with two of them—and that’s consistent with what I see across Identity Theft Protection solutions from other brands. Although some miss hits with one of these addresses.

In total, Aura returns 18 dark web alerts and 9 of them are unique. The unique hits are coming from data breaches from companies like Adobe, MySpace, Dropbox, Canva, Ticketfly, etc. And even the password for one of my Gmail accounts was leaked—that was a little too close to home.

It’s a no-brainer, but take it from me—don’t use the same login credentials on multiple websites. You’ll thank yourself later.

The rest of the non-unique hits are from breach compilations, where basically someone puts a whole tons of leaked login credentials in a spreadsheet or something like that on the dark web to make life even easier for identity thieves.

Lucky for me, all of my dark web hits are associated with my email addresses and they are usually login credentials. I don’t have anything more concerning coming up, at least not yet.

How does Aura compare to other Identity Theft Protection Solutions?

Well, of the seven I use only one returns marginally more dark web alerts. Identity Force finds a total of 20 dark web alerts, which is two more than Aura, and Identity Force finds a total of 10 unique dark web alerts, or one more than Aura.

Now, Identity Force is great, but when you look at the whole package I still prefer Aura.

The thing about dark web monitoring is that there usually isn’t perfect overlap. Even in this example, Aura is finding some hits that Identity Force isn’t, and vice versa.

The dark web is intentionally hidden, and it would take a huge amount of resources to crawl everything, if you could find it. It would probably even give massive government agencies a run for their money. Just think of how many resources Google puts into crawling the clear web, that helps put it into perspective.

So while these companies find tons of breaches on the dark web, it’s not an exact science.

But what does bad dark web monitoring look like?

Norton’s LifeLock returns a whopping 8 dark web alerts, although they are all unique. What’s worse? They completely missed hits associated with one of my email addresses.

Conclusion

So if there’s more to the story than Dark Web Monitoring when it comes to Identity Theft Protection, then what is it?

Well, it is good to know about your leaked login credentials on the dark web, but it’s even more important to work with a company that has your back when things go south.

Screenshot showing Aura Identity Theft Protection 27/7 Support and White Glove Fraud Resolution

Whether you lose tens of thousands of dollars or someone absolutely wrecks your credit, Aura’s white-glove fraud resolution team is there to help you recover with as little pain as possible.

Plus, when it comes to financial backing, Aura’s plans come with up to $5 million in identity theft insurance. That’s something that most of the other companies can’t match, and those that do want you to pay more.

When you look at Aura’s Identity Theft Protection plans they just make sense. They’re straightforward, they’re comprehensive, and they’re priced to be seriously competitive.

Remember, if you do sign up for Aura, don’t forget about my links. Right now I have some awesome discounts for Aura, especially if you’re even slightly interested in their family plan.


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