The credit reporting agency, Equifax has announced that the personal information of as many of 143 million people was compromised in a data breach that occurred between mid-May 2017 and July 2017.
The stolen data included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license number and credit/debit card data.
Based on the recent events from The Equifax Data Breach, which is one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies, you may have questions.
The Federal Trade Commission has issued information about the breach and steps that can be taken to find out whether or not your information was exposed. All consumers (affected or not affected) are eligible to receive a year free credit monitoring and other services.
Below are steps that can be taken to protect your information from being misused.
1. Visit Equifax’s website www.equifaxsecurity2017.com
2. To find out if your information was exposed. Click on the “Potential Impact” tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number.
3. The site will give you a date when you can come back to enroll. Write down the date and come back to the site and click “Enroll”on that date.
For additional information please visit the Federal T rade C ommission’s w ebsite.