Equifax Cybersecurity Breach
Announced today via the Equifax Cybersecurity Incident & Important Consumer Information page https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, between May and July, 2017, criminals were able to access the Equifax database. The criminals harvested Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver's license numbers, credit card numbers impacting approximately 143,000,000 consumers (don't you just love being identified as a "consumer") in the U.S.
As a majority of the U.S. adult population is impacted by this, it is vital to monitor your credit and financials over the next year or more.
The next steps to take are:
- Open a browser to https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.
- Read the page details, and then click the Read More button.
- Read more depressing news.
- At the bottom of the page, click the Potential Impact button.
- Read the instructions.
- Click the Check Potential Impact button.
- In the Getting Started page, enter your last name, last 6 digits of your Social Security number (this is used to verify who you are), enable the I am not a robot check box, and then click the Continue button.
- You will be shown your enrollment date for TrustedID Premier. TrustedID Premier is a credit monitoring and identity theft prevention service.
- On or after the enrollment date, open a browser to https://faq.trustedidpremier.com, and then click the link to continue through the enrollment process.