I’ve been a fan of Credit Karma  for as long as they’ve been around, met some of their people, and am generally very impressed with the service they offer. It’s been a cornerstone of my do-it-yourself identity theft protection system .
They recently emailed me to say they’ve developed a new feature that makes do it yourself identity theft protection even easier – they now actively report credit alerts.
A credit alert is basically any change to credit report and it includes (they only monitor your TransUnion credit report, the same report they use to generate their free credit score):
- New Credit Inquiry
- New Account
- Account has become delinquent
- Account has improved
- New Bankruptcy
- New Public Record
- New Address
- New Employment
- Fraud Alert
With my old system, I recommended that you pull your credit score once a month and use any large unexpected score changes as a reason to dig deeper. It was an informal secondary alert. The idea was that a new credit inquiry would ding your score and if you weren’t expecting it, this would give you a good reason to pull your credit report.
This is one step better because it pushes an alert to you on a variety of changes, not just ones that affect your score (such as new employment, new address). It’s often these changes, the ones that don’t affect score, that are the scariest. A random new address and new place of employment screams identity theft.
They’ve opened up a test and given us 300 invitations, which I suspect will go pretty quickly. Eventually everyone will get them eventually but for now, it’s limited to a small test set. You can join the test group by clicking here. 
This service, as well as Credit Karma in general, is completely free.