You've done your due diligence to see if your data was compromised in the Equifax breach and unfortunately, it was. So now what do you do? How can you protect yourself moving forward? Here are some helpful tips and resources to give you a little peace of mind. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.
Take advantage of free credit monitoring offered by Equifax. This is available for one year, but you may want to consider doing it for longer since the effects of this breach may be longlasting.
Sign up for fraud alerts with your bank and credit card company.
Consider a credit freeze. This will make it difficult for someone to open an account in your name. If you yourself need to open an account, you can "thaw" it temporarily to do so before placing the freeze in effect again. You should place a freeze through all three credit bureaus.
Remain vigilant. Keep a close eye on your financial statements to look for suspicious transactions and monitor your mail for anything that may tip you off if any activities are taking place using your social security number.
File your taxes as soon as you have all the documents available. This lessens the likelihood that someone will file a fraudulent tax return in your name.
Be on the lookout for scams. We are already getting reports of fraudulent calls and emails, claiming to need information regarding the breach. Do not give out any personal information over the phone and be cautious of links on social media or in an email. If you have a question about the breach, visit the Equifax website directly.