Equifax Breach Affects 143 Million People
Last week Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus, suffered a massive database breach. This breach is estimated to have affected 143 million consumers’ information including Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, drivers license numbers, and credit card information.
Do you know if this breach has affected your information? If you are unsure, Equifax is offering a quick, easy and secure way for you to check if your information has been impacted by this breach. To check your potential impact, go to Equifax’s self-service portal at https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/ and follow the simple steps using your last name and the last six digits of your social security number. One note with this self-service portal, once you have checked your potential impact, Equifax asks you to “Enroll” in their TrustedID Premier service. This enrollment is optional and may or may not be a program you are interested in, so please do not just click enroll.
Other considerations after checking your impact are to continue to be vigilant with all of your online accounts and information by being wary of any emails that come from Equifax or other suspicious sources. Equifax is notifying only the 209,000 consumers whose credit card information may have been affected by postal mail only. Do not trust emails that appear to come from Equifax regarding the breach. As always, do not provide any personal information or credit card information via email. Another step to take is to monitor any of your online accounts for suspicious activity.
Your security, whether online or not, is very important to us. Please feel free to contact your advisor if you have any questions or need assistance due to this breach or any other cybersecurity issues.