by H2R CPA Team
On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the three main American credit reporting agencies, announced a massive cybersecurity incident that exposed consumer information - including names, addresses, birth dates, and Social Security numbers - leaving millions vulnerable to identity theft.
What can I do?
1. To check if you or anyone in your household has been affected by the breach, visit equifaxsecurity2017.com.
2. Click on "Potential Impact," then "Check Potential Impact," where you will be asked to provide your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number.
3. You will receive a message indicating whether your personal information may have been impacted.
4. Whether or not your information was impacted, you have the option to sign up for free identity theft protection and credit monitoring. This can be done by clicking "Enroll," then following the instructions to go through the enrollment process with TrustedID Premier. The free enrollment period ends November 21, 2017.
How can I protect my information?
In addition to the specific actions above, there are many ways to protect your personal and financial information on an ongoing basis, including:
For more information on protecting your financial and personal information from identity theft, contact H2R CPA at 412-391-2920 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always here to help.
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