On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the three big credit reporting agencies, reported that they had suffered a massive security breach. Approximately 143 million people could be affected, with the hackers stealing names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and the number of some driver’s licenses.
Identity theft is an ongoing problem for all of us. Below please find information directly from the Equifax website regarding this security breach and the steps Equifax encourages all of us follow to minimize the exposure of our identities for the foreseeable future.
“Equifax has established a dedicated website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, to help consumers determine if their information has been potentially impacted and to sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. The offering, called TrustedID Premier, includes 3-Bureau credit monitoring of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit reports; copies of Equifax credit reports; the ability to lock and unlock Equifax credit reports; identity theft insurance; and Internet scanning for Social Security numbers – all complimentary to U.S. consumers for one year. The website also provides additional information on steps consumers can take to protect their personal information. Equifax recommends that consumers with additional questions visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com or contact a dedicated call center at 866-447-7559, which the company set up to assist consumers. The call center is open every day (including weekends) from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Eastern time.”
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