The data breach at EquiFax affected 143 million of us. That's a lot. The information heisted included consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and some driver’s license numbers. This is troubling. And to hear that the breach had occurred from mid-May through July just adds to it all.
So what to do?
First determine if your information was part of the data breach. Here's a link for that. https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/.
I just went to that site and it said that my information may have been compromised. Oh dear!
Step two. If you have been affected like me, then go ahead and sign up for the rather comprehensive, paid for by EquiFax, identity protection service. It took all of two minutes to get going on it.
So don't panic, but take these two actions and then rest easy.
Here's what Clark.com has to say about it and it's worth the read. http://clark.com/personal-finance-credit/credit-agency-equifax-says-cyber-attack-may-have-exposed-personal-info-of-143-million-americans/
The New York Times has the most up to date information on the breach, and lets EquiFax have it in the process. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/your-money/equifax-answers-data-breach.html