You’ve likely heard about the data breach that took place at credit bureau Equifax. What you might not know is how it can impact you.
Cyber criminals have stolen 143 million credit records in the recent hacking scandal. According to Vincennes University Chief Information Officer Carmin Schnarr, this could likely effect anyone that has ever applied for credit whether it be a home, an automobile, or a credit card. Some of the stolen information includes name, address, social security number, birth date, and some driver’s license and credit card numbers. The worst part about this hack, according to Schnarr, is that most of the information stolen can’t be changed and could remain a problem forever. For example, if a credit card number is compromised, you can cancel the card and get a new one. But, you can’t change your name, social security number or birth date.
Schnarr suggests signing up for a credit monitoring service, occasionally checking your credit report, and carefully reviewing your bank and credit card statements to watch for any unauthorized activity.
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