It has surely been a difficult few weeks for the red, white, and blue. From the overwhelming fires in the northwest, Hurricane Harvey flooding and damage in Texas, to the looming three additional hurricanes approaching our shores, the United States has faced some major tragedies. Albeit not a natural one, another major disaster was announced on Thursday by Equifax, that hundreds of millions of Americans’ personal data has been compromised.
Equifax is now offering free credit monitoring services to those affected by the breach for one year. They have provided a tool to determine whether or not your information may have been compromised. You do not have to be a client of Equifax to have been affected as many credit card companies and banks report much of their information to these companies without your knowledge.
We encourage you to click the link below that will take you to their website where you will be prompted to enter your last name and the last six digits of your social security number. The requirement of six digits is a warning bell to the reality of this breach as most programs and companies usually use only the last four digits to verify identity and the use of six instead implies that those four have been compromised.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office.