Equifax data breach: How to protect your credit rating

Equifax data breach: How to protect your credit rating

December 17, 2020 gmgroinyygii 0

first_img continue reading » The Equifax hack announced last Friday may involve as many as 143 million U.S. consumers whose personal information was accessed by hackers between May and July. Equifax said the data accessed included names, social security numbers, credit card numbers and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. As a Gartner Inc. analyst who tracks identity theft and fraud put it: “On a scale of 1 to 10, this is a 10.”Equifax data breach checkerThe first step you should take is to log on to Equifaxsecurity2017.com and follow the links that verify if your personal information was impacted. When you use the service, it will require you to enter your last name, the last six digits of your Social Security number, and to use a tool to verify that you are not a computerized robot. I did this and received this message: “Based on the information provided, we believe that your personal information may have been impacted by this incident.”If you are impacted, Equifax will offer you enrollment in their identity theft protection and credit monitoring service called TrustedID Premier. To begin the enrollment process you’ll need to follow the same verification steps above, and then you’ll be given an enrollment date – my enrollment date is a day this week when I’ll complete the enrollment in Trusted ID Premier, and hopefully this will provide some measure of protection and early detection of ID theft. This being provided by Equifax – the victim of one of the largest data breeches in history – doesn’t give me much confidence in the service. 56SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

 

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