It was announced recently that Equifax Credit Bureau has suffered a massive data security breach. This is one of the most significant data breaches in history and it requires affected individuals to be proactive in ensuring their personal information is protected. We want to help by providing you as much information as possible.
The information that has been compromised includes social security numbers (of 143 million consumers), names, birth dates, addresses, and some driver’s licenses. In some cases, some credit card numbers were also compromised. This information will allow the hackers to do significant damage to the people the breach impacts.
What Should I do?
First, you should look into whether or not your information is at risk. If there is a chance your information has been compromised, it would be wise to enroll in 24/7 credit monitoring. That way, if any of your information is used to open a credit card, buy a home, or act in your name in any way, you will be notified.
You can temporarily freeze your credit lines. This prevents anyone (including yourself) from opening a line of credit in your name. It’s an inconvenience, but is an added layer of protection from identity theft. Finally, it’s recommended that you do your own monitoring of your accounts. Keep an eye on bank and credit card statements for unusual changes.
If you have any questions regarding this information breach or if you are wondering whether your information was impacted. You can look at the Equifax website here.
We do our best to keep our clients informed. Contact us today if you have remaining questions regarding this, or your financial security.