FTC investigating Equifax data breach

Step 2 in Equifax's Unfreeze Process

Step 2 in Equifax's Unfreeze Process

Credit reporting agency Equifax on Thursday announced a massive data breach that could impact up to 143 million Americans.

"We learn of new data breaches every day", said Cynthia Erdman, president of Partnership Bank in Tomah.

If the message saying your information has been compromised comes up, what do you do? For example, the site's URL - equifaxsecurity2017.com - looks suspicious, and it is built on a stock version of WordPress, which has experienced a number of security issues and attacks in recent years.

A credit freeze, which is also called a security freeze, locks down your credit and can only be lifted with a personal identification number (PIN) that you receive when you enroll.

Experts also recommend that you regularly monitor your other financial accounts including credit cards, checking accounts, savings accounts and any others. While not foolproof, credit freeze is the best way to prevent lenders from having access to your credit report and thieves from opening new lines of credit in your name.

Shooting at a high school in Washington state near Spokane
One of those present was junior, Christina, who tweeted a picture from inside the school at the time of the gunfire. This is a awful day for the students, parents, teachers, administrators and the rest of that close-knit community.

The company has set up a website for consumers to figure out if their information has been compromised and sign up for credit monitoring. You'll need to enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social.

Request a copy of your credit report as soon as possible in order to identify what is on your report before any potential theft has occurred. "So, that's a lot of people affected by this". "Equifax is where they are getting your report from so they have a lot of information", said Chip Filer, Chair of Old Dominion University's Department of Economics. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com to obtain free copies of your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

The credit company may offer the option to lock your account instead of freezing it. Locking is comparable but not the same, which means you need to freeze it.

"In all of our years investigating data breaches, this may be the most brazen failure to protect consumer data we have ever seen", Maura Healey said in a statement.

I can assure you that the instructions in Clark's credit freeze guide are accurate. In the fine print of its terms of use agreement, Equifax required consumers to sign away our right to sue in exchange for its "free" credit monitoring.

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