143 Million Americans, and some British and Canadian consumers had their information hacked through Equifax on July 29. But Equifax did not disclose the attack publicly until September 7. They claimed they engaged an independent cybersecurity firm to conduct forensic studies to provide recommendations to tighten security.
Equifax is one of the three major credit monitoring and reporting agencies. Equifax has information on more than 820 million consumers and more than 91 million businesses worldwide. They also have records holding employee data from more than 7,100 employers.
BEWARE: Emails may start coming to your email inbox purporting to be from Equifax, or maybe even your bank. There is sure to be phishing attempts to get you to further divulge your information. Be very careful about clicking on any links that are contained within these messages. Best action: Go to the actual website but DO NOT CLICK ON LINKS in random emails. They may look like they are coming from the actual sender but may be a “GOTCHA” trick.
Keep in mind that once your personal data has been compromised by any kind of hack, that information is floating around forever. So what can you do?
Bob Rankin, one of the club’s “Go To” resources for the latest technology revelations, has an article with a lot of really good information. PLEASE READ:
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