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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