Equifax Hack — How To Protect Your Credit And Identity If Your Data Was Compromised

Curated by Paul Helmick

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  • The credit reporting bureau Equifax was recently hacked
  • If you have a credit report, you’re likely one of the 143 million Americans whose data may have been exposed
    • The breach lasted more than a month, from mid-May until July of this year
    • The hackers gained access to people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and even some driver’s license numbers
    • They also got credit card numbers and dispute documents with personal information
  • Visit Equifax’s consumer site for help mitigating the damage
  • https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/
    • Consumers can immediately determine whether they were affected by the breach
      • enter your last name and the last six digits of your social security number
    • The company’s arbitration clause and class-action waiver would not apply to this incident
    • An expanded call center with over 2,000 agents is being established
  • Enroll in free credit monitoring even if the site doesn’t say you were affected
  • You’ll have until November 21, 2017 to enroll for a free year of credit monitoring
  • The Equifax data theft will likely have life-long consequences for consumers
  • When a credit card number is stolen, you simply get a new card with a new number – You can’t, however, get a new date of birth or Social Security number.

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