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Aura: Digital Security Review

Nadav Shemer

In a Nutshell

Aura offers an all-in-one digital security solution combining financial, identity, and device protection. It provides extensive monitoring of your information, including credit monitoring, financial transactions monitoring, dark web monitoring, and SSN and ID authentication monitoring. You get near real-time instant alerts any time there are inquiries to your credit file to keep you protected from potential threats.

pros

  • Full suite of tools to protect your identity and finances
  • 60-day money-back guarantee for annual plan
  • 24/7 U.S.-based customer support

cons

  • Fixed plans, no mixing and matching
  • Doesn’t appear to offer family plans

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 A brilliant solution for:

  • People looking for a one-stop-shop for financial, fraud, identity, privacy, and device protection
  • Anyone who uses the internet for banking, shopping, or other activities that collect your sensitive data.

How does it work?

Aura’s all-in-one solution actually comprises a suite of different tools that help protect your identity, finances, and devices. 

Most of these tools work in the background and don’t require you to do anything except keep an eye out for fast alerts to your phone or inbox (whenever Aura detects a threat) or check into your Aura dashboard whenever you just want some peace of mind.

Depending on which plan you choose, you may need to download a few tools, e.g., antivirus software, VPN. The Total and Ultimate plans offer protection for multiple devices, which includes having to download software to each device.

What does this service watch out for? 

Aura monitors quite a lot – if you’re willing to pay for the Total or Ultimate plans. This includes various forms of credit monitoring, bank account monitoring, and ID theft monitoring – mostly in real-time with the added benefit of quarterly and annual reports for your credit files. 

Here’s the full breakdown of what Aura looks out for:

  • Credit monitoring. Monitors and alerts you to possible new inquiries or changes to your credit file across all three major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, TransUnion).
  • Financial transactions monitoring. Allows you to link your bank and other financial accounts and set alerts to detect early signs of fraud.
  • Bank account monitoring. Alerts you when new bank accounts are opened using your ID or when new account holders are added to your existing accounts.
  • Online account and dark web monitoring. Monitors and alerts you if your accounts and login credentials were exposed as part of a data breach.
  • SSN and ID authentication monitoring. Monitors and alerts you if your social security number is being used by someone else or if your identity is used in credit or non-credit transactions.
  • Criminal and court record monitoring. Monitors and alerts you if your identity is found in the public court or criminal records, including traffic violations, misdemeanors, and felony offenses.
  • Home title and address change monitoring. Monitors and alerts you to signs of home title fraud.

Recovery services - what can Aura do if my identity is stolen? 

Aura not only monitors for ID theft; it also provides recovery and protection services that kick into action whenever an issue arises.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • $1 million identity theft insurance. Aura covers you for up to $1 million in eligible losses and legal fees from identity theft.
  • Lost wallet remediation. If your ID is stolen, Aura will help you cancel any debit or credit cards in your wallet and work with you on a recovery plan to secure your ID.
  • Instant credit lock. Aura makes it easy to lock and unlock your Experian credit file to secure your credit from unwanted inquiries. (This doesn’t apply to the Equifax or TransUnion credit bureaus). This feature is only available in the Total and Unlimited plans.
  • 24/7 U.S.-based support. The support team can be contacted via phone and email.
  • White-glove fraud resolution (Ultimate plan only). If you have become the victim of identity theft or financial fraud, Aura will provide a dedicated agent to help you resolve issues across credit bureaus and government institutions.

How easy is it to use? 

Overall, Aura is fairly simple to use. You can access and control everything from your Aura dashboard at my.aura.com. Aura also has an iOS/Android app that includes all Aura tools except antivirus (although this is coming soon to the Android app). The Windows app offers device and network protection (antivirus and VPN).

Pricing

Aura offers three plans, each one building on the one before it. The basic plan gives you, well, basic ID and device protection. The Total plan gives you comprehensive identity, credit, and device protection. The Ultimate plan offers everything that’s in the Total plan and a few additional features, the most notable being white-glove fraud resolution.

Plans can be purchased on a month-to-month or annual basis. If you select Aura, we recommend choosing a yearly plan due to the 17-25% discount compared to the monthly plan. Also, all annual plans come with a 60-day money-back guarantee.

Clearly, protection for five or ten devices is enough for a whole family. If you’re looking for all-in-one protection for your family, then we recommend discussing this with Aura before signing up.

 
Basic
Total
Ultimate
Price    
$8/month, $96/year
$17/month, $204/year 
$24/month, $288/year
Identity Protection



$1 million coverage
ID monitoring
Online account monitoring
SSN and ID monitoring
Lost wallet protection
Criminal courts monitoring


Home title & address monitoring


Credit Protection



Credit monitoring (3 bureaus)  

Monthly credit score

Credit lock

Bank account monitoring

Financial transaction monitoring

Annual credit report (3 bureaus)


White glove fraud resolution


Device protection



Antivirus
1 device
5 devices
10 devices
VPN
1 device
5 devices
10 devices

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Help & Support

In the event of an emergency, you can reach Aura’s U.S.-based customer support team via phone or email. Judging from customer feedback, the response is usually swift. Instant responses are reserved for Ultimate subscribers.

How does Aura compare to its competitors?


Aura
identity Guard
Zander identity Theft
Best for
All-in-one protection
Full-spectrum protection
ID theft recovery
Price
$8 per month 
$6.67 per month 
$6.75 per month
Free trial
60-day money-back guarantee 
No    
No
Mobile app
Yes    
Yes    
Yes

Bottom Line

Aura offers a comprehensive solution containing pretty much everything you need to protect your identity, financial accounts, and devices from external threats. Although seemingly on the expensive side, the Total and Ultimate plans bundle together a wide range of tools that – if purchased separately – would cost significantly more than what Aura charges. Better yet, you can control almost everything from your Aura dashboard.

Nadav Shemer specializes in business, tech, and energy, with a background in financial journalism, hi-tech and startups. He enjoys writing about the latest innovations in financial services and products.

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