Should you 'freeze' your credit report after Equifax's security breach?

Should you 'freeze' your credit report after Equifax's security breach?

Should you 'freeze' your credit report after Equifax's security breach?

The information included Social Security and driver's license numbers as well as names, birth dates and addresses.

"Equifax has been intensely investigating the scope of the intrusion with the assistance of a cybersecurity firm to determine what information was accessed and who has been impacted", it stated.

Equifax Chief Executive Richard Smith is expected to testify before a U.S. House of Representatives panel on October 3 after almost 40 states joined a probe of the company's handling of the breach. It is important to note that a consumer does not need to have used Equifax for their data to be exposed to these hackers. Don't give out personal information to those who contact you asking for information to verify accounts, and be wary of clicking on links or downloading attachments in email messages.

The Equifax data breach has left almost half the USA population's personal information at risk. Examine the report to see if there are any erroneous accounts or information and call the credit bureaus and authorities immediately if you notice anything suspicious.

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"Monitor your credit report; with Equifax, because this breach was their fault, offered consumers across the country one year of free credit monitoring for people, so if they open up those new accounts, they can see that what's happened on existing accounts", Eiden said.

In his letter, Frosh questioned the confusing nature of Equifax's communication with consumers about the breach and steps they can take to protect their personal information.

The breach, which unmasked the names and social security numbers of customers, has reportedly affected more than 140 million Americans. Initially the company's credit monitoring did have a cost. This company is just one of many that keeps data on you.

"Yes you should", says CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger. It also said there was no evidence that the breach involved its "core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases". "My best advice - get signed up for online services and alerts with your bank and credit card companies. You can do that by getting the free annual credit reports that you are entitled to from each of the 3 major credit reporting bureaus".

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