Equifax Data Breach
Cyber-security continues to play an important role in our everyday lives. Recently, Equifax announced a major data breach affecting over 143 million Americans' personal information, about half of the U.S. population. The data includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, home addresses and, in some cases, driver's license information.
Because it is thought to be the largest data breach reported so far this year, I would strongly recommend you take the following steps to find out whether you were personally affected. Equifax is offering complimentary identity theft protection and credit file monitoring regardless of whether your information may have been impacted. To determine if your personal information may have been impacted by this incident:
1. Visit https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact. You will be asked to provide your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number.
2. Based on that information, you will receive a message indicating whether your personal information may have been impacted by this incident.
3. Regardless of whether your information may have been impacted, Equifax will provide you the option to enroll in TrustedID Premier. The enrollment period ends November 21, 2017.