Last week there was a data breach at Equifax, one of the top credit reporting agencies in the world. Personal information of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers was made vulnerable as a result of this cybersecurity incident—everything from names, birth dates and addresses to Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers and more could have been accessed by criminals.
Equifax has dedicated an entire website to help inform and put consumers’ minds at ease. At EquifaxSecurity2017.com, you can get updates on the incident, read FAQs, see if your information may have been compromised and even sign up for free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.
We’d also like to keep you informed of your cybersecurity options closer to home, as well. If you have reason to believe your identity may have been stolen, Maine residents can request a credit freeze through the state at no charge; residents of the State of New Hampshire can also get information on credit freezes and requests to do so, though there is a $10 fee for each credit bureau requested.
Additionally, we at SIS offer free Identity Theft 911 services to all customers enrolled in our bundle packages. Contact your local SIS branch for more information on this benefit. We are always here to listen and to help!