As you probably have heard, the credit reporting agency Equifax announced that it suffered a data breach affecting 143 million U.S. Consumers. This hack exposed names, Social Security numbers, addresses, birth dates, and drivers license numbers. These are all critical pieces of information used by identity thieves.
Did this affect me?
You can see if you were a victim of Equifax's hack by visiting www.Equifaxsecurity2017.com
This is probably one of the largest data breaches in history, since most U.S. adults have their credit history on file with Equifax. Because of this, we recommend freezing your credit.
Freeze your credit
You should freeze your credit at each of the three credit bureaus. This freeze locks your credit file with a special PIN. This PIN will be required for anyone to access your credit file.
The following phone numbers and links can be used to freeze your credit:
- Equifax (866) 349-5191 - Credit Freeze
- Experian (888) 379-3742 - Credit Freeze
- Transunion (888) 909-8872 - Credit Freeze
Depending on your state, it can cost from $0 to $10 to freeze your credit at each agency.