This week, Equifax announced that they have been hacked (www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-07/...).
Equifax is one of three major US credit reporting companies, responsible for things like calculating your credit score. Earlier this year, hackers broke into Equifax's data through a website vulnerability. They stole the personal info of around 143 million people which is almost half of the US population. They have access to Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and even some driver's license and credit card numbers. This information could be sold to criminal and put consumers' identities at risk.
Equifax has set up a website help people check to see if they have been impacted. If you have been an Equifax customer, go to the website www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact and click "Check Potential Impact" You will be directed to another page to enter your last name and the last 6 digits of your SSN and they will tell you if you may be impacted. If so, the company is offering free credit monitoring and identity theft protection if you (like me) are one of the people potentially affected. Please note that the last information that pops up will provide you with a date for your next action so pay attention to the box that pops up as you have to do another step at a later date.
Not sure if you have been an Equifax customer, odds are you have been because of all the different businesses that use Equifax. Banks, Insurance Companies, Credit card companies and more.