September 8, 2017
Equifax Data Breach: Steps to Protect Yourself
It was recently reported that Equifax, a prominent credit reporting agency, was hacked. As many as 143 million people may have been affected. If you’re one of them, your credit history, social security number, address, driver’s license, and more may have been exposed, making you vulnerable to identity theft.
It’s very important that you take steps to protect yourself and your personal and financial information. Here are some steps you should take immediately:
- Check if you are one of the 143 million people impacted by visiting Equifax’s security site. If You’re Impacted: Equifax is offering free enrollment in identity theft services. We strongly encourage you to enroll!
- Enroll in 2-step authentication. If your email provider, financial institution, or other provider of sensitive personal information offers 2-step authentication, enroll in it now to protect your online account access.
- Change passwords & pins. We strongly suggest you take time to change your banking and credit card passwords and pins, as well as passwords and pins for any other financial accounts you may have.
To learn more about data security, see this checklist we’ve compiled of important cyber security steps you can take to prepare for the next hack.
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