If you haven’t heard it from the news yet, the major credit reporting agency, Equifax, has been one of the most recent victims of a cybersecurity breach. As many as 143 million Americans (almost half the country) has had a portion of their personal information compromised as a result of this breach. This information could include names, birth dates, social security numbers and in some cases credit card numbers or driver’s license numbers. As your trusted cybersecurity consultant, HI Tech Hui highly recommends you take the following actions and forward on these instructions to everyone you know.
- Visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com and click on the Potential Impact tab.
- Click the Check Potential Impact button.
- Enter your Last Name and last 6-digits of your SSN in the boxes provided, check the “I’m not a robot” box and click Continue.
- If you may have been affected by the breach, you will be offered an opportunity to enroll in TrustedID Premier which is an identity protection service. It is highly-recommended that you enroll in the service if you are given the offer. Click Enroll to begin the enrollment process.
- You will be provided an enrollment date. Note this date in your calendar or someplace you will remember.
- Carefully review all of your account statements and credit reports to check for incidents of fraud. You can request a free copy of your credit report online at www.annualcreditreport.com once a year from each of the three credit reporting agencies.
- If you have more questions, Equifax has setup a designated call center specifically for this breach at 866-447-7559.
On or after your enrollment date, visit the faq.trustedidpremier.com website and click the link to continue through the enrollment process.
For more information on this breach, please visit http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/07/technology/business/equifax-data-breach/index.html.