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840 Credit Score: Is it Good or Bad?

An 840 credit score on the FICO score scale of 300-850 is considered exceptional. People with this credit score are likely to be offered some of the best interest rates and terms on credit cards and loans.

Applicants with scores in this range are at the top of the list for the best rates from lenders.

How to Improve Your 840 Credit Score

Your FICO score from Experian includes a list of individual factors that are having the biggest impact on your credit score. To improve your credit score, work on these personal factors first. You'll also see the positive factors helping your credit score, so you can continue to maintain good credit habits.

Exceptional Credit Scores

If your credit scores are excellent, it means you've consistently demonstrated great credit management. You're likely paying your bills on time and maintaining a low credit utilization ratio and good credit mix.

How to Maintain Your Excellent Credit

Your exceptional credit score means that you likely have some very good credit habits. Consider setting up automated payments or payment reminders, to ensure you continue to pay yoru bills on time and never miss a payment. You can also improve your credit utilization ratio by paying down your credit card balances and keeping unused credit accounts open, to keep your total credit limit high.

It's likely easy for you to get new credit, and you may be tempted to apply for and open new accounts simply because you can, or in case you might need the extra credit someday. Resist the temptation to apply for credit you don't really need. Every credit application appears as a hard inquiry on your credit report, and too many hard inquiries can negatively affect credit scores, especially if they occur in a short time frame. Make sure this avoidable ding doesn't damage your credit

Monitor Your Credit

When you have an excellent credit score, you also have a lot to lose if identity thieves manage to commit fraud using your credit information. It can be important to monitor your credit to ensure your credit report remains accurate and to spot any signs of fraud as soon as they occur.

Credit monitoring can help you catch fraud — such as unauthorized accounts opened in your name — sooner and mitigate damages quickly. Enrolling in credit monitoring allows you to receive alerts whenever key changes occur in your credit report. Plus, credit monitoring can help you stay on top of legitimate changes in your credit report that could potentially affect your credit scores. Monitoring allows you to see right away what effect changes have, and to track your credit score as it changes, too.

Protect Your Identity

You might also want to think about identity protection. Your high credit score can make you a target for identity thieves. While credit monitoring detects changes in your credit report, identity theft protection takes the monitoring further by also scanning the internet and noting changes of address. You'll typically get email or text message alert if suspicious activity occurs.

If your credit monitoring or identity theft services detect signs of fraud, identity protection steps in to help you resolve any issues that may arise. Typically, an identity protection service will provide you with a dedicated resolution agent who will work with you and creditors to clear up fraud-related damage. Most also provide up to $1 million in identity theft insurance, meaning if fraud does occur, remediation costs are covered up to that amount.

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A credit score of 840 is exceptional. Get your free credit report from Experian to help you stay on top of your credit.

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