Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Should you 'freeze' your credit report after Equifax's security breach?

What's The Difference Between Equifax, TransUnion And Experian? Canada watchdog asks Equifax to help citizens impacted by breach
Andrew Cummings | 17 September, 2017, 01:02

The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday it is investigating the credit reporting agency Equifax over a data breach that compromised the personal data of an estimated 143 million Americans.

It is very important that you take these steps right away because, as I said above, you already could be a victim of ID theft. Data from 1,099,125 Iowans - including Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, for some, credit card numbers - was exposed in the breach, he said.

Equifax shares sank to a 19-month low on Wednesday after the MA attorney general announced that she was preparing to sue the credit bureau over one of the biggest data breaches in history.

The company is reportedly telling Canadians who call its help line that unless you have dealings in the USA, it's not likely your information was compromised. "In the meantime, I encourage Texans to educate themselves about how to best protect their personal information and to file a complaint with my office if they have any concerns about this breach". Everyone keeps asking me if they should put a freeze on their credit. The website will tell you if your information was stolen.

The Equifax data breach is causing USA consumers to question how secure their information is in the lending industry.

Their businesses are based on getting customer data from banks, which allows them to track things like whether you've been paying your mortgage, your credit card or auto loan.

Consider a credit freeze: A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open an account in your name, but it will not stop them from changing accounts once they have access to them.

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The Department of Consumer Protection recommends people check to see if their information may have been compromised by logging on to http://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.

About 143 million Americans were affected by this breach-That's almost half the U.S. population.

Equifax has said it will waive its normal arbitration clause for the breach.

Monitor your credit reports.

You can also freeze your credit.

You can freeze your credit online but calling is far less risky and you may also be charged a $5 to $10. An emailed statement from the credit-monitoring agency said the executives "had no knowledge" of the breach beforehand. Visit annualcreditreport.com to get your free credit reports.

"The second thing you really need to do is to start monitoring your credit more".

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