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I've been hearing about the Equifax breach in the news.  What happened?  Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus, experienced a massive data breach.  The hackers accessed people's names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver's license numbers.  They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people. 

Was my information stolen? If you have a credit report, there's a good chance it was.  Go to a special website set up by Equifax to find out:  https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Potential Impact," enter some personal information and the site will tell you if you've been affected.  Be sure you're on a secure network (not public wifi) when you submit sensitive data over the internet. 

How can I protect myself?  Enroll in Equifax's services.  Equifax is offering one year of free credit monitoring and other services, whether of not your information was exposed.  You can sign up at https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/ .  Also, monitor your credit reports by getting a free copy of your credit report from all three of the credit reporting agencies at annualcreditreport.com.  You are entitled to one free report from each of the credit bureaus once per year. We also encourage you to monitor your financial accounts regularly for fraudulent transactions.  Use online and mobile banking to keep a close eye on your accounts.  And do not trust e-mails that appear to come from Equifax regarding the breach.  Attackers are likely to take advantage of the situation and craft sophisticated phishing e-mails.  

Should I place a credit freeze on my files? Before deciding to place a credit freeze on your accounts, consider your personal situation.  If you might be applying for credit soon or think you might need quick credit in an emergency, it might be better to simply place a fraud alert on your files with the three major credit bureaus.  A fraud alert puts a red flag on your credit report which requires businesses to take additional steps, such as contacting you by phone before opening a new account.  To contact all three major credit bureaus, call the numbers below:

Equifax: 800-349-9960

Experian: 888-397-3742

TransUnion: 888-909-8872 

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