Protect Yourself after the Equifax Breach

Filed under Administrative, Information Tech on October 22, 2017.

You could be one of the more than 140 million Americans with personal information at risk due to the Equifax Breach. This means that anyone can access your age, address, driver’s license, and credit cards. How does this affect you? Cyber criminals can easily open new accounts under your name without you realizing it. This ruins your chances at being approved for student loans and can potentially increase your interest rates due to a damaged credit score.

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself:

Check your credit report: It’s important to monitor your credit score to make sure the information listed on it is correct. To request a FREE credit report visit: AnnualCreditReport.com. If you suspect you’ve been a victim of fraud or identity theft contact your credit card provider.

Stay Alert: It’s important to continuously monitor your bank and credit card statements for suspicious charges, and be vigilant about emails offering to “fix your credit.” It is likely a phishing attempt.