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November 2017 - Equifax Data Breach

November 2017 - Equifax Data Breach

Have you taken action yet? 

If you have a credit report, there's a good chance that you're one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation's three major credit reporting agencies. There are steps to take to help protect your information from being misused.

Visit Equifax's website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. Find out if your information was exposed. Click on the "Potential Impact" tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. Your Social Security number is sensitive information, so make sure you're on a secure computer and an encrypted network connection any time you enter it. The site will tell you if you've been affected by this breach.

Whether or not your information was exposed, U.S. consumers can get a year of free credit monitoring and other services. The site will give you a date when you can come back to enroll. Write down the date and come back to the site and click "Enroll" on that date. You have until January 31, 2018 to enroll.

You also can access frequently asked questions at the site.

Contact us if you have questions or concerns related to the protection of your personal information.

Source: FTC - https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do