Approximately 7% of U.S. households fall victim to identity theft each year, and those numbers are on the rise. Anyone whose personally identifiable information (PII) has been compromised in a data breach should consider options to protect their credit from being misused.
Consumers in the United States have access to a powerful tool -- the credit freeze -- to lock down their credit reports and prevent identity thieves from establishing new lines of credit in their names. Alternately, you can place a fraud alert on your credit reports, although that provides less protection than a freeze.
The BBB offers these following tips on credit freezes & fraud alerts