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Prominent Key Players Credit Scores, Credit Reports & Credit Check Services Insight Report:

Experian, Equifax, Trans Union, Identity Guard, IdentityForce, PrivacyGuard, Credit Sesame, MyFICO, Credit Karma

Segment by Type:

  • Credit Scores
  • Credit Reports
  • Credit Check

Segments by Application:

  • Private
  • Enterprise

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North America, Asia-Pacific, UK, Europe, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

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Equifax Cash Settlement Backtracking Leaves a Bad Taste

The FTC should have known that the mere existence of firms like Credit Karma shows the monetary value of credit monitoring to consumers to be $0.

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission, in conjunction with the Consumer Financial Protection Board and all 50 US states, announced a settlement of up to $700 million with Equifax over that company’s 2017 data breach exposing personal information on 147 million Americans. This settlement was different from some previous ones, where the main benefit to victims—if there was any at all—was free credit monitoring. In this case, victims could opt for a cash payment of up to $125 instead of credit monitoring and could apply for additional financial restitution for time wasted dealing with Equifax’s negligence. The FTC said the settlement included up to $425 million to help those affected by the breach.

Unsurprisingly, this was big news, and we in the media responded by publicizing the heck out of it (see “You May Be Entitled to $125 or More in the Equifax Breach Settlement,” 26 July 2019). People responded, with millions signing up for their cash payments: $125 if you already had credit monitoring and $25 per hour for up to 20 hours that you spent dealing with the breach, plus coverage of your out-of-pocket losses up to $20,000. Sounds good, right? Finally, the people who are actually harmed in a data breach are recompensed for their trouble!

That was when the fine print got big. It turns out that the actual settlement caps the $125 alternative reimbursement payments at $31 million, and it caps the claims for lost time at another $31 million. In both cases, if the claims exceed the cap, all payments will be reduced on a prorated basis. So much for that $425 million number.

Within a few days, Robert Schoshinski, Assistant Director in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the FTC, was bluntly encouraging everyone to take the free credit monitoring instead of the payments because millions of people had already signed up for the cash. The FTC also updated the FAQ in its informational page about the settlement to clarify the payment caps and the likelihood that you’d get much less than was promised.

That may be the reality of the situation, but it leaves a bad taste in the mouth for a variety of reasons.

Denial Isn’t Just a River in Egypt

Back in 2017, Equifax’s then-CEO, Richard Smith, apologized in an op-ed in USA Today. But apparently, once such an apology has been published (and the CEO who made it has been sent packing along with the chief information officer and chief information security officer), the company can negotiate a different reality.

The breach settlement site now says:

Equifax denies any wrongdoing, and no judgment or finding of wrongdoing has been made.

It grates to have Equifax—whose negligence resulted in information about 147 million Americans being exposed to criminals—pretending that it did nothing wrong. If it had done everything right, the breach never would have happened in the first place. Hackers are not an “act of god” equivalent to an earthquake or tornado. Equifax should be saying:

We messed up. We manage a vast amount of confidential, potentially damaging information about nearly all Americans, and we failed to protect it. For that, and for any inconvenience, emotional distress, or financial hardship that our negligence caused, we are truly sorry. Here’s how we’re going to make it up to you.

Making the bad taste worse is the fact that those Equifax executives got to “retire” (rather than being fired), which means that they’ll keep their unvested stock compensation. For ex-CEO Richard Smith, that was worth over $90 million.

Fines and Restitution

In the law, there is a difference between a fine and restitution. Fines go to the government prosecuting the crime, whereas restitution goes to the victims of the crime. Since we’re talking about a settlement in which Equifax gets to deny all wrongdoing, there’s apparently no crime in play. Regardless, the settlement includes both. The fines include $175 million to the states and $100 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the restitution is the $425 million directed to repay consumers.

Many of us are angry with the FTC’s settlement because the $31 million caps mean that the initial promise that consumers could get significant cash damages has proven to be false. The FTC should have known that the mere existence of firms like Credit Karma shows the monetary value of credit monitoring to consumers to be $0. Plus, although the credit monitoring also provides identity theft insurance and identity restoration services, Credit Karma suggests that those are not generally worth purchasing on your own. (Happily, Equifax will have to pay other companies to provide these services and can’t benefit in any way from them. So at least the fox’s failure to guard the henhouse isn’t being punished with a chicken dinner.)

The massive interest in those payments shows that the FTC utterly underestimated what consumers actually want in compensation. Perhaps the FTC will adjust its formula the next time this happens, but for now, we just have to swallow our bitter medicine.

We Are the Sausage

The final sour aspect of this situation is the fact that most people never asked to do business with Equifax. We’ve all become concerned about the spread of our personal information and how it can be used against us, but collecting and sharing data about us is Equifax’s core business (as it is for competitors Experian and TransUnion too).

At least the likes of Google and Facebook provide us with services we choose to use in exchange for our data. In comparison, the credit reporting agencies sell our data to other companies with whom we want to do business. They couldn’t care less about us because we’re just raw materials to them. It’s easy to find examples (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion) of them being sued for failing to remove incorrect information, concealing charges, and other violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Dealing with pesky consumers is just a cost of doing business.

As the saying goes, if you’re not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold. And if we’re not customers, there’s certainly no need for customer service.

Of course, the final reason the Equifax breach settlement leaves a bad taste in the mouth is that there’s nothing we can do about any of this other than letting the FTC know that we’re unhappy with how things worked out. Perhaps leave a comment on the agency’s blog post. I can’t see it making any difference, but it might make you feel a little better.

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5 best ways to make sure your credit score hasn’t been affected

If you haven’t checked your credit score lately, start with a well-known company like Experian and Credit Karma (full list below). There are several that …

Always keep tabs on your credit score.

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If you were one of the many people affected by the Capital One data breach or the Equifax data breach, you already know how important it is to check your credit report. Your credit score is an important part of your financial picture — especially when applying for credit cards or loans and making major purchases, like down payments on a new home or vehicle. Being involved in your credit is another way to verify that your identity hasn’t been stolen. Note that looking into your credit score will not affect your credit.

If you haven’t checked your credit score lately, start with a well-known company like Experian and Credit Karma (full list below). There are several that offer a range of services at different prices, including a free online check and free 30-day trial. Keep in mind that some companies require your credit card information, but they typically provide additional services, like insurance against identity theft and flagging suspicious use of your Social Security number.

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So how does a credit score work? Everyone starts out with a FICO score, which is your creditworthiness number that can range from 300 to 850. The higher the number, the better. Some factors that affect your FICO score include “hard inquiries” like applying for credit (your credit is under review); “derogatory marks” like paying a bill late (these can keep your score down); and how much of your total credit you’re using (the less you use, the better). You get a FICO score from the three major US credit bureaus: Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. Here’s how these services break down.

Read: The best identity theft monitoring services for 2019


  • Free 30-day trial
  • Price: $20 per month
  • Offers tool to help boost your credit score
  • Includes identity theft monitoring
  • Says it will address fraud if your identity or personal information is stolen
  • Shows your FICO scores for all three bureaus (Experian, TransUnion, Equifax)
  • Monitors your credit

Experian credit score checker.

Screenshot by Katie Conner/CNET

Experian (or download the app for iOS or Android) is one of the major credit monitoring services that offers your FICO scores for the three bureaus. Experian can help you boost your FICO score by using utility bills that you’re already paying to apply to your credit. Your new credit scores will immediately take effect.

The company monitors identity theft and conducts daily scans of dark web pages to detect if your information has been stolen. If anything is detected, Experian says its support team will help.


  • $25 per month
  • Includes free identity protection
  • Unlimited score and report access
  • Credit Lock Plus
  • Up to $1,000,000 in ID theft insurance

Also among the top three major credit monitoring services is TransUnion (or download the app for iOS or Android). With TransUnion, you can check your credit score report as often as you’d like to see if your score has changed.

Identity protection is included through Javelin, an identity protection service provider. Your monthly fee includes credit monitoring, instant alerts if someone applies for credit in your name and up to $1,000,000 in ID theft insurance. TransUnion Credit Lock is a service that keeps your credit profile on lockdown until you unseal it. For example, if a criminal applies for credit in your name, the lock will prevent them from stealing your credit information.


TransUnion credit score checker.

Screenshot by Katie Conner/CNET


  • $5 for a 30-day trial
  • $20 per month
  • Shows your three-bureau FICO scores
  • Includes identity protection
  • Sends alerts about suspicious activities
  • Monitors credit and Social Security number

The third main credit bureau in the US, Equifax (or download the app for iOS), suffered one of the worst data breaches in 2017 affecting more than half of all Americans. Equifax has a three-year plan to earn back your trust. If you were affected by the data breach, you can file a claim and get a free subscription to Equifax or receive a cash payment.

If you’re feeling forgiving, Equifax’s services are on par with competitors. It provides a copy of your Equifax credit report and monitors your credit and Social Security numbers by scanning websites where consumer information has been sold. Equifax also sends alerts about suspicious activities, like someone applying for credit in your name on the other side of the country.


Equifax monitors your credit and Social Security number.

Screenshot by Katie Conner/CNET

Read: How the Equifax hack happened, and what still needs to be done

Credit Karma

  • Free
  • Check credit score for free
  • Monitors credit
  • Shows credit factors and how they affect your score

Credit Karma (or download the app for iOS or Android) is a personal finance company. You can use it to check your credit scores as often as you’d like for free. You can also access your credit scores from TransUnion and Equifax, but not from Experian. Credit Karma monitors your credit and sends weekly updates and will notify you if there’s any change to your credit score.

The site also shows you your score and credit factors that affect your score, like if you’re using too much of your credit card limit, derogatory marks and hard inquiries.


Credit Karma shows your TransUnion and Equifax scores.

Screenshot by Katie Conner/CNET


  • Free
  • Check your credit score for free
  • All personal information is encrypted

Mint (or download the app for iOS or Android) is a free service for managing your personal finances. In addition to tracking your payments, you can use it to find out where your credit score is lacking, like not having a long credit history, and where it’s doing great, like paying bills on time. Mint shows you your on-time payments, credit usage (so you can see if you’re reaching your limit) and average age of credit on one screen.

After you verify your identity, Mint will send your credit report summary and credit monitoring alerts if your score goes up or down.


Mint shows your credit information all on one screen.

Screenshot by Katie Conner/CNET

  • Free
  • Check your Experian credit report
  • Report information updates every 30 days
  • Monitor credit usage, hard inquiries and late payments
freecreditreportfreecreditreport shows your Experian credit report.

Screenshot by Katie Conner/CNET is a pared-down service provided by Experian to access your credit report for free. The company provides you with an updated credit report every 30 days. You’ll have access to your account history, like real estate and credit accounts. shows you hard inquiries on your account, tracks your credit usage and shows any potential marks against you, like late payments.

Note that this only shows your credit report and not your credit score. In order to see your score, you’ll have to upgrade to Experian CreditWorks Plus. You can get a 7-day trial for $1.

Mixing and matching services may help cover more ground

When it comes to checking your credit, there are a lot of ways to go. You can select one service, or pair free services together to access your FICO score from all three major bureaus.

However, if you go that route, keep in mind that you won’t have the promised credit protection and monitoring that Experian, TransUnion and Equifax offer.

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Is it better to get $125 or free credit monitoring from Equifax?

Last week, Equifax agreed to pay nearly $700 million to settle federal and state investigations into how it handled a massive 2017 data breach that …

You might already be using a site that offers credit monitoring. It’s a popular service that many websites and apps offer alongside free credit scores. If you get alerts or emails about activity related to your credit cards or loans, then you probably have some kind of monitoring in place.

Here are some popular websites and apps that offer free credit monitoring:

Keep in mind that these free services may not be as comprehensive as the credit monitoring offered by the Equifax settlement. Mint, Credit Journey and MyCredit Guide, for example, only monitor your TransUnion credit report, rather than all three credit bureaus.

There are also a number of paid financial services that offer more in-depth credit monitoring. Here’s a look at some of the most popular paid services, all of which have a monitoring component.

If you want the most comprehensive coverage, it might make more financial sense to sign up for the free monitoring offered by the Equifax settlement, as opposed to the $125 payout. It’s a good value: A year of Mint’s paid Credit Monitor service, which includes surveillance on your report from all three bureaus, is over $200 out-of-pocket. Over 10 years, you would spend $2,000 on the service.

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How Many TransUnion (NYSE:TRU)’s Analysts Are Bearish?

… February 21, 2019, published: “TransUnion Completes Sale of Noddle to Credit Karma – GlobeNewswire” on April 15, 2019.

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TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) Ratings Coverage

Among 3 analysts covering TransUnion (NYSE:TRU), 2 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 67% are positive. TransUnion had 6 analyst reports since April 17, 2019 according to SRatingsIntel. Deutsche Bank maintained TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) rating on Tuesday, July 2. Deutsche Bank has “Buy” rating and $7800 target. The firm earned “Equal-Weight” rating on Wednesday, July 24 by Morgan Stanley. The firm has “Overweight” rating by JP Morgan given on Wednesday, July 24. As per Wednesday, April 17, the company rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank. Below is a list of TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) latest ratings and price target changes.

24/07/2019 Broker: JP Morgan Rating: Overweight Old Target: $78.0000 New Target: $92.0000 Maintain

24/07/2019 Broker: Morgan Stanley Rating: Equal-Weight Old Target: $82.0000 New Target: $83.0000 Maintain

02/07/2019 Broker: Deutsche Bank Rating: Buy Old Target: $75 New Target: $78.0000 Maintain

24/04/2019 Broker: BidaskScore Rating: Hold Downgrade

17/04/2019 Broker: BidaskScore Rating: Buy Upgrade

17/04/2019 Broker: Deutsche Bank Old Rating: Buy New Rating: Buy Old Target: $69 New Target: $75 Maintain

The stock decreased 1.23% or $1.04 during the last trading session, reaching $83.24. About 788,733 shares traded. TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) has declined 7.20% since July 29, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 11.63% the S&P500.

TransUnion provides risk and information solutions. The company has market cap of $15.63 billion. The firm operates in three divisions: U.S. It has a 49.31 P/E ratio. Information Services , International, and Consumer Interactive.

More notable recent TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) news were published by: which released: “TransUnion Investor Day Scheduled for March 12, 2019 NYSE:TRU – GlobeNewswire” on March 05, 2019, also with their article: “FinTechs Continue to Drive Personal Loan Growth – GlobeNewswire” published on February 21, 2019, published: “TransUnion Completes Sale of Noddle to Credit Karma – GlobeNewswire” on April 15, 2019. More interesting news about TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) were released by: and their article: “Financial Sector Update for 07/23/2019: TRU,THFF,BRO,ZION – Nasdaq” published on July 23, 2019 as well as‘s news article titled: “TransUnion Announces Leadership Succession Plan NYSE:TRU – GlobeNewswire” with publication date: November 14, 2018.

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