Hackers exploited Equifax’s U.S. website application to gain access to certain files. Approximately 143 million U.S. consumers data was exposed. Data included Names, Social Security Numbers, Birth Dates, driver’s license numbers and some credit card numbers.
The breach started Mid-May and lasted until Equifax found the breach at the end of July. They then reported it publicly September 7th.
For more detailed information on the hack:
Check If Your Data Is Included
Equifax setup a site which you enter your Last Name and Last six digits of Social Security Number: https://trustedidpremier.com/eligibility/eligibility.html
Important to enroll in their TrustedID Premier service offered after you check. Please note that they are staggering the enrollment out. They will give you a date and a link to enroll. Make sure to go back and enroll in their Identity Protection service for free.
TrustedID Premier provides you with copies of your Equifax credit report; the ability to lock your Equifax credit report; 3-Bureau credit monitoring of your Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit reports; Internet scanning for your Social Security number; and identity theft insurance.
Protect Your Identity
Make sure to enroll in Equifax’s TrustedID Premier service for Free
Credit Freeze (Lock) the other two reporting agencies
Costs $5-10 each. They mail you a pin number needed to unfreeze. Makes it harder for hackers to open new accounts in your name.
Setup alerts for all existing accounts (Banks & Credit Cards) that will text alert of a charge/debit.
Place a 90-day fraud alert on your credit file
Alerts lenders to more carefully verify applicants using your ID. To activate, notify one reporting agency and they will notify the other two.You are entitled to a free credit report from each bureau after you place a 90-day fraud alert on your credit file. Do this every 90 days. Credit monitoring does not catch everything. Best to keep an eye on your credit reports yourself.
More Information on what to do when your information is lost or exposed
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