Monday, September 18, 2017
Equifax, a consumer credit reporting agency, recently announced that a data breach could potentially impact 143 million U.S. consumers. The breach occurred from mid-May to July of this year. While the breach has been contained by Equifax, information obtained includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers. In some cases, credit card numbers were also accessed. You can view updated information on this incident from Equifax at equifaxsecurity2017.com.
Equifax is offering free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring to all U.S. consumers. Their website also includes information on how to determine if your personal information has been compromised. Sign up for this free service.
Although this breach was an Equifax incident, we want to provide some helpful tips to protect your personal information.
- Monitor your account(s) using Mobile Banking and Online Banking.
- Sign up for eLerts to receive notifications about your account activity.
- Use strong passwords and protect yourself online. View our online security tips.
- Sign up for LifeLock® protection services and get a 10% discount with your Credit Union membership.
- Request a copy of your credit report from each of the three credit bureaus each year for free by visiting annualcreditreport.com or calling 877.322.8228.
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