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Free credit freezes

Security freezes, also known as credit freezes, restrict access to your credit file, making it harder for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name. Starting September 21, 2018, you can freeze and unfreeze your credit file for free. You also can get a free freeze for your children who are under 16. And if you are someone’s guardian, conservator or have a valid power of attorney, you can get a free freeze for that person, too.

How will these freezes work? Contact all three of the nationwide credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. If you request a freeze online or by phone, the agency must place the freeze within one business day. If you request a lift of the freeze, the agency must lift it within one hour. If you make your request by mail, the agency must place or lift the freeze within three business days after it gets your request. You also can lift the freeze temporarily without a fee.

Don’t confuse freezes with locks. They work in a similar way, but locks may have monthly fees. If you want a free freeze guaranteed by federal law, then opt for a freeze, not a lock.

Year-long fraud alerts

A fraud alert tells businesses that check your credit that they should check with you before opening a new account. Starting September 21, 2018, when you place a fraud alert, it will last one year, instead of 90 days. Fraud alerts will still be free and identity theft victims can still get an extended fraud alert for seven years.

Insurance Credit Score with Credit Karma

When your FICO may go down, your insurance credit score might go up. It isn't calculated as FICO is calculated. Use Credit Karma to see where your savings can come from.

In the above case graphic, the Trans Union credit score was 568 from 850, when you see the insurance score has a steady rise to 813 from 950. The regular client (not real-estate investor) pays auto insurance each 6 months, but buys house relatively less, less often. This is a good point to keep your insurance score high.

Ann Rousseff (Anna Ruseva)

for more click here Why My Auto Insurance Score Matter

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