Equifax is a credit bureau or credit score company who reports that personal data of up to 143 million Americans may be compromised. You say, “How could this happen?” In my opinion it comes down to keeping your servers updated with the latest security patches. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way. These hackers gained entry through a vulnerability in one of the servers used by Equifax.
Below are four things you can do to see if you were affected or not. I would suggest you call Equifax today and sign up for their free identity theft protection through TrustedID. I personally use LifeLock however these services both help consumers detect risk of identity theft and control the use of your personal information.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Equifax has established a dedicated call center to answer your questions. The call center is available at 866-447-7559, every day (including weekends) from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Eastern time.
- Equifax’s website is equifaxsecurity2017.com Click on “Potential Impact” and enter your last name and last six digits of your Social Security number.
- Equifax is offering all U.S. consumers one year of free identity theft protection and credit monitoring through their service, TrustedID.
- The Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. government agency working to protect consumers, is a reliable source of information. The FTC’s website ftc.gov has a featured section on its home page that contains resource links to provide information and advise consumers on what to do if you have been impacted by the Equifax data breach.