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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)