Equifax Data Breech (9/7/2017)

The Washington Post and other news outlets reports that Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies, was breached by hackers exposing sensitive information like social security numbers, names, and addresses of up to 143 million Americans.  

If you have a credit card, car loan, home loan, or any other type of loan or credit there's a good chance that Equifax knows about you and has your information.

Equifax has offered free credit monitoring services to all U.S. consumers for one year via www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.  Before you sign-up, you may want to consider if you want to give them the required last-6-digits of your SSN.  Some reports indicate that you don't actually get an answer (yes or no) but rather an enrollment date for credit monitoring sign-up.

I recommend that you read a post that I did a while back with links to be able to actually freeze your credit if you aren't planning on getting new credit cards or making big purchases on debt.

You should also visit www.annualcreditreport.com to get a copy of your credit reports.  You're entitled to them once a year for free. 

-Chris.  IT Department

Chris Blanchard