What to do in response to the Equifax hack

During class today, we briefly discussed the Equifax hack in which 143 million data records for US adults (18 and older) were compromised. The compromised information includes information such as social security numbers, names, addresses, etc. Since there are roughly 245 million adult persons in the United States, this means that roughly 60 percent of the adult US population is affected. I promised to provide further information about this unprecedented event, and here is what I have found out.

To see whether your private information was compromised during the Equifax hack, go to the user interface for the Equifax database that is located at https://trustedidpremier.com/eligibility/eligibility.html and fill in your last name and last 6 digits of your social security number.

An NBC news article published this afternoon recommends implementing a credit freeze and explains the costs and benefits of so doing. Before you do this, you might read through the Federal Trade Commission’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document about credit freezes.

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