Security measures to help you prevent identity theft in Equifax data breach

Security measures to help you prevent identity theft in Equifax data breach

Security measures to help you prevent identity theft in Equifax data breach

The data includes Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver's license numbers and credit card numbers.

Warner said in a letter to the FTC that Equifax's lapses in security and methods of handling customers' inquiries "may potentially represent a systemic failure by firms now incentivized to collect and store highly sensitive identification and financial data for Americans".

"Monitor your credit report; with Equifax, because this breach was their fault, offered consumers across the country one year of free credit monitoring for people, so if they open up those new accounts, they can see that what's happened on existing accounts", Eiden said. To post a fraud alert on your credit file, contact one of the three major credit reporting agencies below. This prohibits a credit reporting agency from releasing any information from your credit report without written authorization and makes it harder for an identity thief to access credit in your name.

"If you apply for a credit card or you apply for vehicle loans..." The site will tell you if you've been affected by this breach.

Equifax backed down. You can now get credit monitoring without waiving your right to sue. If it's at risk, freeze your credit.

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"Like, how they are anxious about it and how they have to go through everything and make sure nothing was actually affected by it", said Campbell. Morfeld said that offering only a year of free monitoring means that Equifax, which provides credit monitoring as a paid service, stands to profit from its security breakdown. Getting an account statement for an account that you did not authorize is an indication that an individual may be the victim of identity theft.

Each credit bureau allows you to sign up for a 90 day initial fraud alert.

Equifax established a website to help people find out if their information was compromised and help protect that information.

"This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do", said Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard F. Smith. If so, as the company reported last week, your social security number and other identifying information have been stolen.

"The nature of people using basically credit bureau focused information is to keep an eye on their credit report, not necessarily just the score but the actual contents of the report itself", said Cronin. Check your accounts regularly for any charges you do not recognize.

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