5 steps you should take to protect yourself

Jerome Frank
September 17, 2017

Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the USA, confessed on last Thursday that personal details of 143 million customers were leaked by the hackers between mid-May and July.

"We were notified by the company", Fincke said.

The breach, which was disclosed last week, includes individuals' Social Security numbers and other sensitive information that could be used by hackers to gain access to someone's bank accounts or tax returns. "My office has been and will continue to be in touch with Equifax until we get to the bottom of this massive data breach". Equifax is one of the "Big Three" credit reporting companies operating in the U.S.

Terri Englishbee described the feeling finding out her personal information has been compromised in the recent Equifax data breach.

"When the experts are saying, 'You should do this now, ' it struck panic in me".

Even if you don't do financial transactions online, your information may still be at risk.

"Equifax is offering a free credit monitoring service for a year".

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Visit equifaxsecurity2017.com to check if your personal data has been affected.

"See if you have any charges on your credit card or anything like that, you can put a freeze on your account or you could put a fraud alert on your account and that lasts for 90 days", said Cheryl Parson, President of the BBB Lima Office. This does not impact your ability to use your credit cards, but it does prevent others from opening an account in your name.

Tip #2: Run your credit report.

11, 2017, Equifax said it has made changes to address customer complaints since it disclosed a week earlier that it exposed vital data on about 143 million Americans.

Even though the breach is one of the largest ever, and may already be responsible for a spike in consumer fraud, Wall Street was surprised by the extent of the public's anger.

"Yes you should", says CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger. To be effective, a freeze must be set up with all three credit bureaus - Equifax, Transunion, and Experian. You can also temporarily lift that freeze if a credit report is needed. In the fine print of its terms of use agreement, Equifax required consumers to sign away our right to sue in exchange for its "free" credit monitoring. Alerts force credits to verify you're really you before extending credit.

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