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Credit Karma

1/4 Credit Scores, B Rating in BBB

Our Score
6.7
User Score
7.7

Credit Karma is working to change the credit score landscape. They offer consumers a unique platform to track and manage their credit for free. Based on your score, you gain access to exclusive offers from companies that value your creditworthiness.

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The Good

Credit Karma does not have a free trial, because the service is already completely free. Their niche entails free credit scores for all consumers which can be monitored and viewed monthly. They offer updates and resources to keep track of your score and its performance.

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Credit Karma

BCSC Rank Monthly Price BBB Rating Our Score
#12
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Free B
6.7
#1
$14.95 A+
9.4
#2
$29.99 A-
9.1
#3
$22.50 A+
9.0

Once signed in, the interface or dashboard is clean and easy to use. We were able to navigate between our score and their version of a credit “report” without confusion. Information is broken into sections and very consumable.

Credit Karma offers an advice and learning center with articles and resources to help individuals increase their credit scores and get on the right track. They also provide tools such as a credit change calculator. Consumers can adjust their balances, payments, etc. with simulated scenarios (pay off one card, increase the balance on a card, get a new loan, etc.) and the calculator shows the resulting effects upon the credit score.

The Bad

Credit Karma has a B with the BBB currently due in large part to a recent government action (FTC) against Credit Karma which was settled. Credit Karma was found to have not taken the measures which it purported to in securing sensitive customer data with their mobile app. The lack of security measures is a concern in many arenas, and even more so when working with sensitive financial data.

Credit Karma is free but consumers pay in different ways. Credit Karma makes it very clear on their site that they use consumer information for offers. Credit Karma says, “Based on your score, you gain access to exclusive offers from companies that value your creditworthiness.” What does this mean? Credit Karma has to make money in one way or another. They’ve chosen to peg consumers with offers. One can expect to receive “consumer spam” after signing up with Credit Karma.

Credit Karma does not give consumers access to credit reports from agencies nor do they offer FICO scores. Credit Karma has set up three scores that are unique to their site. We like their approach; however, we find not having reports from major bureaus, to be a drawback.

The Bottom Line

Credit Karma is truly changing the credit landscape. Their services are financially free, and are accessible at any time. Using Credit Karma is an option for those who do not want to pay monthly fees or do not want the hassle of canceling.

The security issue with the FTC has been addressed and will be monitored for the next 20 years as per the settlement. As such, we can recommend them with cautionary advice as an option for learning what your credit score is.

While you don’t receive reports from all 3 bureaus, you do receive some valuable information that can truly help you with whatever goals you have.

Feature Details

Understanding the different features and services offered by each company will be helpful as you’re determining which service is best for you. We’ve highlighted a few of the services that each company offers, but this is not an exhaustive list. To see everything Credit Karma has to offer, visit their site.

Free TransUnion Credit Score

Credit Karma gives members access to their TransUnion credit score. Access to only one score is not ideal, but having one score is definitely better than not knowing any of your scores. Knowing all three scores is beneficial because some lenders don’t report issues or incidences to all three reporting bureaus.

Free Credit Report Card

When you enroll with Credit Karma you gain access to your credit report card. This shouldn’t be confused with your actual credit report, as it’s different. The report card is generated by Credit Karma and shows you how well they believe you are doing in your credit life.

Daily Credit Monitoring

Free daily credit monitoring can be a very helpful tool when you’re trying to keep an eye on your credit situation. Credit Karma will monitor your credit and update you if any certain changes take place.

Savings Recommendation

Credit Karma looks at your credit score and your credit situation and can make recommendations about how you can save money, based on your habits. If you spend a lot of money doing certain, unnecessary activities, they may recommend that you cut back. 

Access to Credit Card and Financial Institution Reviews

Credit Karma has looked into and reviewed many different credit card issuing and financial institutions and they offer the results to you. You can look into the different organizations and determine which may be best for you, depending on your preferences.

 

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19 Credit Karma Reviews

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  1. User Score
    10
    LaShonda Charlton
    June 29th, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Love this site used it to find my starting point and cleaned up my credit so I could buy my house.

  2. User Score
    9
    therealkhandij@gmail.com
    June 25th, 2014 at 12:40 am

    The credit karma is the next best tool I have for changing my credit future and I am glad that it is around and I will continue to share and speed the word.

  3. User Score
    9
    Jay Wilder
    June 22nd, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Excellent credit tool !

  4. User Score
    7
    carmenfiiguroa
    June 22nd, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Carmen fi******@gmail.com

  5. User Score
    10
    Maria
    June 21st, 2014 at 10:09 am

    This site has helped me so much. I’m so glad I decided to try it. Maybe soon I’ll be able to bring my score up thanks to you guys.

  6. User Score
    8
    tammy
    June 21st, 2014 at 3:16 am

    I like being able to see my score with out having to pay .I just wonder what you can buy with on the higher side of good credit.

  7. User Score
    John
    June 20th, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Works great for me!

  8. User Score
    10
    Heather
    June 19th, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Credit score averages a little lower than the big 3 (which motivates me to improve it)and I have used a few of their offers and the credit building recommendations.

  9. User Score
    Kemp
    June 17th, 2014 at 2:32 am

    Not accurate

  10. User Score
    8
    Nata Clegg
    June 15th, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Its a good guideline for your credit.

  11. User Score
    9
    dave
    June 10th, 2014 at 1:22 am

    So far..pretty decent. Scores seem pretty close tp what I’ve obtained elsewhere.

  12. User Score
    9
    Amanda Shipwash
    June 8th, 2014 at 4:31 am

    I absolutely love it! Bottom line it’s the best!

  13. User Score
    9
    Diver
    June 7th, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    FREE,,,,,what’s not to like?

  14. User Score
    10
    Kaitie
    June 6th, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Amazing! It has truly helped me raise my score 100 points! Showing me my score, report, and best areas to work on for maximum improvement!

  15. User Score
    9
    Tracy
    June 5th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I love receiving alerts about new account activity.

  16. User Score
    10
    Ramirez
    June 5th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Awesome site I have already got two credit offers highly recommend

  17. User Score
    9
    kia ford
    June 1st, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I think its a good website thats free and beneficial

  18. User Score
    0
    Homer Johnson
    May 29th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Every credit report company seems to think they know your e-mail address and passwords better then you, No matter what I use, they do not like them. So keep your reports, I don’t really need the hassle in order to have a report.

  19. User Score
    10
    Jasmine Novotny
    August 22nd, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Awesome

Our Score
6.7
User Score
7.7
Rank this Company
Ratings Breakdown

Trial Detail

None

Price

Free

Scores Provided

TransUnion
1/4

Reports Provided

0/4

Refreshes

Score & Report Refreshes
Daily

Credit Monitoring

Email or SMS Alerts
Yes

Error Dispute

Dispute Credit Report Errors
No

B

Data Security

Is my information safe?
High

ID Theft Protection

Included?
No

Mobile App

Mobile compatible tools
Yes

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BCSC
19

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Review Last Updated: June 9, 2014

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