Equifax Data Breach!
Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting agencies, handles the data of 820 million consumers and more than 91 million businesses worldwide. Between May and July of this year 143 million people in the U.S. may have had their names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and even driver’s license numbers accessed. In addition, the hack compromised 209,000 people’s credit card numbers and personal dispute details for another 182,000 people. What bad actors could do with that information is daunting.
What to do now?
Equifax provided a tool to verify your identity and enroll into complementary TrusedID Premium service to keep track and inform you in case anyone misuses your information.
TrustedID Premier covers:
To help consumers determine if their information has been potentially impacted and to sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. TrustedID Premier includes five separate offerings, all complimentary. These are described below.
Equifax Credit Report
-Copies of your Equifax Credit Report.
3 Bureau Credit File Monitoring
-Credit file monitoring and automated alerts of key changes to your Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit files.
Equifax Credit Report Lock
-Allows you to prevent access to your Equifax credit report by third parties, with certain exceptions.
Social Security Number Monitoring
-Searches suspicious web sites for your Social Security number.
$1M Identity Theft Insurance
-Up to $1 million in ID theft insurance. Helps pay for certain out-of-pocket expenses in the event you are a victim of identity theft.
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