If I have all the cards I need for now. Is it safe to place security freezes on all my accounts so no one can try to steal my identity? I was reading that current creditors may have access and that is all i need.
Yes. It is safe and actually wise to do that. Security freezes are a good option for a person who is not going to be opening more credit accounts (including installment loans) AND who can also see that when he resumes opening accounts it will be somewhat rare. Freezes can be frustrating to manage for people who may be frequently applying for credit either soon or down the road.
While you are at it, if you are also confident that you will not be opening bank accounts, you should consider freezing two others CRAs: ChexSytems and EWS (Early Warning Systems). Bad guys often try to open bank accounts in innocent people's names.
If I have all the cards I need for now. Is it safe to place security freezes on all my accounts so no one can try to steal my identity?
Cards aren't the only form of credit but yes. Additionally, you don't freeze your accounts. You freeze your reports. Even if you need credit in future you can lift freezes as needed. Keep in mind that the CRA's are not the only concern with ID theft. Freezing the big 3 will help and consider the secondary CRA's as well
but be aware that doing so won't necessarily prevent all possible forms of ID theft.
Also make sure that you continue to regularly monitor your reports and active accounts.
Great catch by Takeshi. You don't freeze your accounts. It's the reports (and access to them) that gets frozen. (Though existing creditors still can pull your reports.)
Here are some links that will give you more information to help you make the best decision for you:
Yes do this. I recently received a denial letter from Allstate Insurance because they couldn't access my reports. Which would be fine, if I initiated the report pull, but I didn't. Someone was trying to open up insurance in my name and it was denied because they couldn't access my reports. So freezing helped me out there from potential insurance fraud.
Question... maybe I'm skimming what I've been reading too fast. Is it $10 a month or a one time flat fee? I'm assuming it's monthly from all three, CB's?
Definitely want to do this now that my scores are in the mid to high 700's now.
Just placed my freezes... I somewhat feel safe, lol.