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All About Credit Monitoring

Aug 19, 2008
With so much of your financial future and happiness relying on how your credit report looks, it is a wonder why so many people fall to find an interest in credit monitoring. Whether you do it yourself or you hire a company to watch your reports for you, it is important to keep an eye out in order to prevent identity fraud. Credits monitoring simply means that you will be watching your credit report closely so that you can notice any strange happenings or credit that is taken out that you are not aware of.

When this happens, it is important to take action right away so that the situation can get resolved fast. The longer you wait once you notice something odd from your credit monitoring the longer it is going to take to get it all fixed. There is nothing worse then being denied for a credit card when you know that you are not over extended. So do not let someone rip you off and take advantage of you by not going forth with some sort of credit monitoring system.

Ways It Can Work

There are two basic ways that you can go about credit monitoring and the method you pick is completely up to you and what you feel most comfortable with. Most people opt to go for the do it yourself method where they simply pull their own credit report every so often and look closely for changes. You are allowed to pull your own credit every so often without effecting your credit score so you should not worry about then when considering credit monitoring. If you pull it too many times though, you could see a decrease in your credit score.

The other way is to hire a company to do your credit monitoring for you for a small monthly fee. This company will be able to alert you the moment something changes on your credit report, which means you are able to act fast. While their credit monitoring services cost money, it is certainly worth it to a lot of people to be able to be alerted right away when something is going wrong. Either way, as long as you are doing some sort of credit monitoring you are one step ahead of the game and sure to keep your credit in line. You may never be faced with a situation of someone using your credit but it is always better to be safe then sorry.
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Bill Protresi is an online security providing tips and advice. Visit Bill at his general finance site
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