Did you know most people don’t even check their credit card statements for questionable charges? Maybe you’re even one of them. Fact is it’s not that consumers don’t care, it’s that time is a precious commodity that can’t be spent skimming through dozens of pages worth of credit transactions while carefully analyzing each to make sure they’re accurate. That’s where BillGuard comes in.
BillGuard scans your accounts daily for bad charges. BillGuard uses the power of the web, combined with information from other users to flag charges and protect accounts. BillGuard delivers a statement which lists three types of transactions. Those which are considered safe, ones that are unfamiliar to the service and the transactions which are flagged as bad.
Since BillGuard is a financial monitoring service, it requires read-only access to any accounts a user wants monitored. Of course a service like this isn’t cheap either, right? Actually it’s free! BillGuard’s future includes a paid plan option for businesses, but one of their goals is to always have a free option.
BillGuard uses a variety of methods to determine which transactions deserve a flag and which are considered safe. Part of their “Power to the People” motto includes monitoring flagged charges and matching those same charges on other user’s accounts, creating a net to catch the same problem across multiple accounts. Additionally, BillGuard monitors online information for possible scam alerts and troubling business practices.
BillGuard is obviously a service to help protect against hackers and scammers, but the added benefit comes from tracking bank and financial institution charges as well. For those who acknowledge their shortcomings when it comes to monitoring their finances, then BillGuard is a must have. Those who are in complete control of their financial transactions will benefit from the convenience of BillGuard’s transaction analysis.
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