Tuesday, September 12, 2017

143M hacked in EQUIFAX data breach: Find out how to protect your identity

How can I protect my identity?

You don't have to wait to enroll in Equifax's program to start protecting yourself right now. We put together a guide on what you can do, including this:
  1. Get a free credit report. Federal law guarantees your one free credit report per year from the three major bureaus (yes, including Equifax). Head to this website to get your most-recent credit report and evaluate it to find any malicious activity.
  2. Freeze your credit. Credit freezes make it harder for criminals to open credit cards in your name. You'll need to call each of the credit bureaus -- Equifax (1-800-349-9960), Experian (1‑888‑397‑3742) and TransUnion (1-888-909-8872) -- to freeze your credit. 
  3. Set a fraud alert. Anyone can sign up for a free, 90-day fraud alert. Here's how. (Don't use Equifax's site for this, as it may be vulnerable to hacking.)

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