Are Credit Score Apps Safe?

There is also Credit Karma. It is said to be the most commonly used credit score app there is out there. The features of this app make it easy to use as …
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Which should you use? Is your information safe?

All the long-term investment decisions like houses, cars, mortgages, education that you would want to engage in, depend on your credit score. Yes, it determines to a large extent if any of the mentioned plans or decisions will be available to you. Although you have the option of outright purchase of any of these mentioned plans i.e. if you have the cash, we all know that the world runs on credit. Your credit score could be good or bad. i.e. you have a number of points that fall well within the average for your country or well below the average.

So, the question is, what is a credit score?

Your credit score is sourced from the credit bureau based on credit report information. It is characterized as a numerical expression founded on a level breakdown of an individual’s credit files to represent the creditworthiness of an individual. This information is important to lenders like banks, credit card companies etc. who use the information so as to mitigate against the risk of bad debt, losses of revenue, set the credit limit for an individual, also know what interest rate should be given to an individual. It also helps these lenders know which individual will bring in consistent revenue.

Other organizations who are firmly interested in an individual’s credit score are mobile phone companies, insurance companies and landlords. Now, most people would want to monitor their credit score online since it is a major part of our lives. How do we do this? Well, there are credit score apps that help you monitor your score and some of them are pretty safe to use. They give you the choice of some great features that can be used to track your credit score towards making major purchases.

There are various lenders like banks, insurance companies, mobile phone companies, credit card companies that encourage individuals to track their credit score regularly. You can also check your credit score every month reliant in the credit card you use. To further encourage individuals to track their scores some lenders will send you emails as regards your scores, that you can easily check online at your convenience.

There are some reliable credit score apps available out there and are considered to be secure. They have helped individuals manage their credit score and are made available by the three credit bureau agencies. They are Transunion.com, Experian.com and Equifax.com. They provide a safe, well-maintained security feature so customers can manage their credit scores via the apps. Therefore, the safest credit score apps are those that come from trusted and established bases.

FACTS which stands for Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions was passed in 2013 and since then most individuals can access their credit information through the site AnnualCreditReport.com. The site and app is a secure one and even has an SSL encryption on it.

Which well known credit score app is secure to use for managing and tracking of your credit information? We are now informed that some credit score apps are safe to use with no fear of your privacy guard for example been compromised, it is crucial at this point to mention some of the safe apps to use.

One of the three credit bureau agencies i.e. Experian.com, which offers the Experian app which is a pretty commonly used credit score app also applies the Experian credit score rating model. Whether you are an Android or iOS user, the Experian credit score app is available to you with its free credit services. It also offers monthly credit score updates to all users of the Experian app. There is also Credit Karma. It is said to be the most commonly used credit score app there is out there. The features of this app make it easy to use as individuals can easily create an account even without the option of divulging their credit card numbers plus there is the opportunity to update your scores week by week to ensure your credit score is not impacted in any way via a ‘soft pull’. What this means is, an individual can check his or her own credit report or grant permission to a lender like a bank to check your credit, or even credit card companies check your credit before approval of a loan or a credit card. Soft pull does not impact on your credit scores and they also do not appear on your credit report.

Another app which is secure and safe to use since it is provided by a reliable source is Mint. It gives users the opportunity to take advantage of helpful financial services, they can monitor their accounts inclusive of all other financial details like their credit scores.

Since the above mentioned apps are made available by reliable sources, we can safely say they are good to use to monitor, manage, keep in constant touch with your credit score. Remember, all major purchases like a house, a car, mortgage, education even a vacation, are done through your credit score so it is very important that you keep this track this score regularly to ensure that everything is okay with it and there are no issues or irregularities and if you do find any irregularities in your report, since you have an app that helps you monitor is say weekly, you can bring the attention of the credit score app provider to point you in the right direction towards getting the issue resolved.

Also, remember there are good and bad credit scores. For Americans, an average credit score would be 682 points, if it’s above this, that is truly great. A low credit score would be between 580-619, which is considered as not good. There are some ways to improve this score like late payment removal which can drop your points by as much as 60- 90 depending on how long the late payments have been, also pay off balances on your cards responsibly.

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Tech on Tuesday: Checking Your Credit Score

Credit Karma is a free tool you can use to check your credit score as often as you’d like. With Credit Karma, you can access your credit scores from …

Your credit score plays a big role when you’re looking to make a major purchase, like buying a home or car.

Reviewing your credit report from time to time can help you make sure it’s in good shape when you’re ready to make a big purchase or apply for new credit.

But where should you go to check your credit report?

In this week’s Tech on Tuesday, we’re breaking down the best apps for checking your credit.

Here’s how your credit score works: Everyone has a FICO score, which is basically your creditworthiness number. That number can range from 300 to 850. A number of things can affect your FICO score such as applying for credit, paying bills late, and how much of your total credit you’re using.

Looking into your credit score will NOT affect your credit.

There are three major US credit bureaus that give you a FICO score: Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax.

Experian

With the Experian app, you can check out your FICO scores from all three of the major credit bureaus. It also can help you boost your FICO score by using utility bills you’re already paying to apply to your credit and your new credit scores take effect immediately.

Experian also monitors identity theft and conducts scans of dark webpages daily to see if your information has been stolen.

Experian lets you test out its services with a free 30-day trial. After that, they’ll charge you $20 per month. The Experian app is available for iOS and Android.

Credit Karma

Credit Karma is a free tool you can use to check your credit score as often as you’d like. With Credit Karma, you can access your credit scores from TransUnion and Equifax, but not Experian.

Credit Karma sends you weekly updates and notifies you when there’s a change to your credit score. It also gives you information on credit factors affecting your score.

Mint

Mint is another free service for checking your credit score. Mint helps you find out where your credit score is lacking and where it’s doing well. Mint shows information on your on-time payments, credit usage and average age of credit on one screen. Plus, all your personal information is encrypted.

Once you verify your identity, Mint will send you credit monitoring alerts if your score goes up or down.

Equifax

Equifax is working on a three-year plan to earn back the public’s trust after the company suffered one of the worst data breaches in 2017. If you’re feeling trusting, Equifax offers similar services to its competitors. It shows you your FICO scores from all three major credit bureaus, and monitors your credit and Social Security numbers for suspicious activity. Equifax will send you alerts if it detects suspicious activity.

You can try Equifax with a $5 30-day trial. Once your trial ends, the price bumps up to $10 per month.

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FICO and Experian Team Up for Keynote on Credit Innovation and Financial Inclusion at LendIt …

“Together with Experian and Finicity, FICO’s goal is to provide lenders with the most comprehensive look at a consumer’s financial behavior. Opening …

SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ —

  • FICO and Experian to joint keynote at LendIt Fintech USA, 9:40-10:00 a.m. P.T., April 9th, 2019
  • Personal finance expert, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach, to join and host keynote
  • Keynote highlights recent consumer permissioned data innovations in credit to help support financial inclusion and improve credit access
  • Joint FICO, Experian, and Finicity panel session on consumer lending technology with Kalpesh Kapadia, CEO, Deserve, “Deep Dive into UltraFICO” on April 9th, at 11:15-11:55 a.m. P.T.

FICO CEO, Will Lansing, and Experian Consumer Information Services Group President, Alex Lintner, will keynote at LendIt Fintech USA 2019. Focusing on innovation around financial inclusion and credit access, the keynote will address analytic developments behind consumer permissioned data and how to best use it to responsibly and securely extend credit to more consumers. The keynote address will take place on April 9, from 9:40 – 10 a.m. P.T. with personal finance expert, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach, as host.

“I’m thrilled to moderate this crucial conversation which will help consumers and lenders alike understand the latest innovations in credit scoring,” said Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach. “FICO credit scores are enormously important to the financial health of all Americans. Now, for the first time ever, consumers will have the ability to ‘opt in’ to a form of credit-scoring that empowers them and better reflects their credit-worthiness.”

Lansing will discuss the new UltraFICO™ Score, which taps into consumer-contributed data including checking, savings and money market account data to help consumers showcase sound financial behavior and help improve access to credit. FICO is currently offering the new score for pilot and expects to make the UltraFICO Score generally available to lenders later in 2019.

“Together with Experian and Finicity, FICO’s goal is to provide lenders with the most comprehensive look at a consumer’s financial behavior. Opening up the door for lenders to make more informed lending decisions means we’re creating opportunities for more consumers to access credit,” said Dave Shellenberger, vice president, product management, Scores and Predictive Analytics at FICO. “We have a long history of innovating new ways to improve financial inclusion globally and we’re committed to helping lenders provide those who previously couldn’t access credit the ability to achieve important life milestones, such as getting a credit card, financing a car or buying a home.”

In a move that will reshape the way consumers get access to credit, Lintner will discuss the newly launched Experian Boost, a free, groundbreaking online platform that may allow consumers to instantly impact their credit scores. Consumers across America are now empowered to potentially boost their credit score by adding telecommunications and utility bill payments to their credit file.

“We are constantly innovating and leveraging technology to find new ways to help consumers gain access to quality credit, while promoting fair and responsible lending. As the consumer’s bureau, our goal is to not only help consumers build credit, but to get better access to credit,” said Alex Lintner, Group President of Experian’s Consumer Information Services. “Demonstrating our commitment to financial inclusion, Experian Boost and UltraFICO are the latest examples of our mission to provide consumers with greater control and access to credit in the most convenient and safest way possible.”

These solutions can provide lenders with a more informed and comprehensive understanding of a consumer’s creditworthiness.

FICO, Experian and Finicity are also participating in a panel session on consumer lending technology titled, “Deep Dive into UltraFICO.” The panel happens on April 9, at 11:15-11:55 a.m. P.T. Panel speakers include: Shellenberger; Greg Wright, chief product officer at Experian Consumer Information Services; Nick Thomas, co-founder, president and chief technology officer at Finicity; and Kalpesh Kapadia, chief executive officer, at Deserve.

If interested in the presentations at LendIt Fintech USA 2019, visit the FICO booth #1315 or register to attend at: https://www.lendit.com/usa/2019.

Lenders can learn more about UltraFICO at: www.fico.com/en/products/ultrafico-score and consumers can learn more at www.ultrafico.com.

To learn more about Experian visit booth #1509.

To try the Experian Boost platform, visit: www.experian.com/boost

About FICO

FICO (NYSE: FICO) powers decisions that help people and businesses around the world prosper. Founded in 1956 and based in Silicon Valley, the company is a pioneer in the use of predictive analytics and data science to improve operational decisions. FICO holds more than 195 US and foreign patents on technologies that increase profitability, customer satisfaction and growth for businesses in financial services, telecommunications, health care, retail and many other industries. Using FICO solutions, businesses in more than 100 countries do everything from protecting 2.6 billion payment cards from fraud, to helping people get credit, to ensuring that millions of airplanes and rental cars are in the right place at the right time. Learn more at http://www.fico.com.

Join the conversation at https://twitter.com/fico & http://www.fico.com/en/blogs/.

For FICO news and media resources, visit www.fico.com/news.

FICO and UltraFICO are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fair Isaac Corporation in the United States and in other countries.

About Experian

Experian is the world’s leading global information services company. During life’s big moments – from buying a home or a car, to sending a child to college, to growing a business by connecting with new customers – we empower consumers and our clients to manage their data with confidence. We help individuals to take financial control and access financial services, businesses to make smarter decisions and thrive, lenders to lend more responsibly, and organizations to prevent identity fraud and crime.

We have 16,500 people operating across 39 countries and every day we’re investing in new technologies, talented people and innovation to help all our clients maximize every opportunity. We are listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and are a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

Learn more at www.experianplc.com or visit our global content hub at our global news blog for the latest news and insights from the Group.

About Finicity

Finicity’s mission is to help individuals, families and organizations make smarter financial decisions through safe and secure access to fast, high-quality data. The company, which launched its first financial product in 2000 and has since grown to provide financial data APIs, credit decisioning tools and financial wellness solutions, partners with influential financial institutions and disruptive fintech providers alike to give consumers a leg up in a complicated financial world. The company has developed more than 15,000 bank, wealth management and credit card integrations, giving it broad market coverage and utilizes advanced analytics and data intelligence to deliver rich financial insights. Finicity received recognition from American Banker in it’s Best Fintechs to Work For list, it was awarded API World’s 2016 Finance API of the Year and is a 2019 HousingWire Tech100 winner. To learn more or test drive its API, visit www.finicity.com.

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