We received client inquiries about the Equifax hack and thought we would pass along some resources…
Last week, Equifax announced a “cybersecurity incident” that affected up to 143 million consumers. Data accessed included social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some instances, driver’s license numbers. More information can be found at https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/.
Sadly, data breaches are now common. The Equifax hack is receiving news coverage because of how many are affected and the irony of a credit reporting agency exposing clients to identity theft. Whether or not the Equifax hack affects you, the incident serves as a reminder to regularly monitor your credit and financial statements. Also, consider changing and varying the passwords you use for online access to your accounts, including your email.
You may “freeze” your credit files, as recommended in this New York Times article. As described in the article, understand the tradeoffs before doing so. Below are the three credit reporting agencies and their contact information to execute a freeze:
For any that are concerned, we hope this helps.