Have You Dealt With the Equifax Breach?


If not, today is the day to get started.  The steps we recommend are a bit time consuming, but necessary.  Also, there are many things to consider and likely numerous people in your immediate family for whom these steps will need to be taken.

As a reminder, the breach took place between May and July of 2017 and affects nearly 50% of all Americans.  The hackers attained access to the victim’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers.

Here are the steps we recommend:

1.  Check to see if you were part of the breach; if yes, you can sign-up for free credit monitoring from the same link.

https://trustedidpremier.com/eligibility/eligibility.html

2. Create an online Social Security accounts with the IRS.

https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/

See why here: https://www.komando.com/happening-now/420431/equifax-breach-one-thing-you-must-do-with-your-social-security-number-now

3. Lock or freeze your credit report
https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/lock-or-freeze/

In addition, here are some other articles we found helpful in further describing the breach as well as further explaining the suggested remedies:
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do
https://www.accunet.com/blog/equifax-data-breach-protect-credit-identity/