If you haven’t yet heard, Equifax, one of the top 3 monolithic credit reporting agencies, has reported a major breach to their cyber security which has exposed over 143 Million social security numbers to hackers. Along with social security data, it exposed names, addresses, driver’s license data, birth dates, some credit card numbers and pretty much all other critical personal data. This is a big deal folks.
Equifax is reporting this event happened mid-May of 2017. Flux Computer Repair is recommending everyone utilize a website (setup by Equifax) to check and see if your data was included in the exposure. The site (again setup by Equifax) asks for the last 6 digits of your social security number and your last name.
The address of the main page is here : https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/
If your information was exposed in the hack, I would recommend getting a “Credit Freeze” on all three credit agencies (Equifax, Experian and Trans Union) to prevent new accounts being open under your name as well as setting up a unique “Pin” with all banks and credit cards to counter potential compromises to your existing accounts.
As always you can contact Flux Computer Repair for assistance in helping secure your computer and advise on the steps outlined above.