Thanks for the links and heads up. I had not heard of that stuff, or of Maynards background/story.
At first glance of just the article titles, the one that jumped out at me most was that last one about Experian filing a lawsuit against LifeLock.
The first 2 articles are pretty short, and the 3rd is a little more detailed. All 3 are pretty much covering the same topic, Maynard's history. Personally, his background/history of whether he had his identity stolen, who he owes money, what stuff he's done, etc. doesn't really concern me in any way. I could care less whether his story is true or not as it really doesn't have an affect on me either way.
Now, as far as the ruling about his past business, that's a bit different. If his past company was taking money out of the bank accounts of customers, that's certainly something to be concerned with. Is that going to cause me to cancel my subscription (or had it have changed my mind in the first place)? Probably not. I keep a pretty close eye on my bank account and credit cards as it is, so I'd certainly notice an extra charge. In addition, I signed up with my credit card so any extra charges should be fairly easily disputed if needed.
As for the whole Experian lawsuit, it seems a little ridiculous to me according to that article. I'm not quite sure what their motive would be for going after LifeLock though. Experian is calling it "illegal" to place fraud alerts consecutively? Come on.. It should be my decision if I want fraud alerts enabled. It seems much safer to me that way too, so why would they want to argue that? Their next complaint is deceptive advertising. I'm well aware that nothing is 100% and that LifeLock can't guarantee your protected identity. That's not what I signed up for. I signed up to have them take care of stuff that, yes, I could do myself and also for the added protection in the event my identity is stolen. Seems like something worthwhile to have rather than not have it. I think LifeLock pretty clearly states what they do and how they do it (as well as the fact that you can do it yourself) on their website. The next two complaints are just as stupid... "can't stop all identity theft" and "most services are free." I already covered that first one, and as for the second since when is it wrong to sell something that someone else can do on their own? I don't see anyone filing lawsuits against an auto shop since you can purchase parts and repair your vehicle on your own. I also don't see anyone filing lawsuits against Geek Squad for offering virus removal for $260 when someone can download/remove the virus for free on their own. You're paying for convenience, plain and simple. I'll be surprised if that lawsuit gets anywhere.
Thanks again for pointing that stuff out though. I'm certainly going to do some more research into this Maynard guy and LifeLock as well to see if I do come across anything that makes me change my mind.