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Credit Karma To Launch Free ID Monitoring Following Equifax Hack (reuters.com) 24

Credit Karma is launching a new free service that will alert customers if their identity data has been compromised in hacks, the San Francisco-based fintech company said on Friday in the wake of massive breach at credit monitoring agency Equifax. From a report: The new ID monitoring service is being tested and will be available in October, the company said on Friday. Similar to services offered by Symantec-owned LifeLock, CreditKarma will keep track of data breaches and tell customers if they are one of the victims. Customers can then check to use the company's credit monitoring services and flag suspicious activities. The company said it was accelerating the launch of the new service in response to the large data breach at Equifax, where thieves may have stolen personal information of 143 million Americans.
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Credit Karma To Launch Free ID Monitoring Following Equifax Hack

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  • by turkeydance ( 1266624 ) on Friday September 15, 2017 @07:49PM (#55207005)
    thought you would like to be third in line to know...Credit Karma
  • I've tried them several times since Equifax illegally refuses to give you your once a year free copy of your report, and Credit Karma has never been able to provide it. I really want to see it so much that I'm thinking about paying money to see it. Too bad the morons at Credit Karma are building new software before fixing the garbage they already have.

  • Why? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by arth1 ( 260657 ) on Friday September 15, 2017 @08:39PM (#55207233) Homepage Journal

    They're doing this out of the goodness of their heart?
    Or, is "free" perhaps not entirely true?

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Szeraax ( 1117903 )

      If you've never used CreditKarma, then you don't know. They advertise credit cards and other crap.

      This year, they launched a free tax filing service that doesn't try to sell you any crap. Worked quickly and easily and transferred all my info to state without any hassle.

      I don't have a problem with their LifeLock equivalent and look forward to continuing to use them.

      • Credit Karma has always been very forthright with how they sustain the site. In plain language, and usually, before content, during, and random browsing. Of course it is another "we are the product, not the..blah tinfoil blah," but it is one of the best examples of the model working "best"

        But people won't care, use them anyway, the bitch and moan.

        Related/Unrelated, the best "identity protection service" I have used is MyIdCare [slashdot.org]. Full disclosure, the first few years were free (thanks OPM), but the amount o
  • So, to know that I've been hacked they'll need my info. So who is going to start a service that monitors Credit Karma and tell me when THEY have data breaches.
  • by Actually, I do RTFA ( 1058596 ) on Friday September 15, 2017 @09:03PM (#55207345)
    If literally half the SSNs in the US are compromised, maybe we can eliminate them as a means of identification.
  • but if this service is hacked with all the goodies it tracks?
    Big Booh!

    • Indeed, I'm wondering how this is going to work. Unless you give Credit Karma all the details they can't be sure it's *you* has been hacked. And unless they tell you all the details upon detection you can't be sure they've correctly detected a problem for you. If they mis-identified you then they may just have given you private information about someone else.
      • Seeing as they will be held accountable for an incident like that by so many orgs (not to mention GDPR...because I already have a headache), I think they will have pretty serious logic flow review and analysis before it hits production.
      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward

        You don't give Credit Karma all of your details just enough of them to use in order to identify you.
        You give them:

        An email address
        A password you've never used before
        Your legal name
        Physical address that would be found on a credit report
        Date of birth
        Last 4 digits of SSN

        With this information they can identify you. They then ask you some multiple choice questions based on the credit history they have access to. Stuff like

        Did you get a loan from:
        A) Loan company A
        B) Loan company B
        C) Loan company C
        D) None of the a

Keep the number of passes in a compiler to a minimum. -- D. Gries

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