Steps to follow after Equifax cybersecurity incident
Cybercriminals exploited vulnerabilities and gained access to Equifax files from mid-May through July 2017, potentially impacting 143 million U.S. consumers. This incident exposed Social Security numbers, birthdates, names, addresses, credit card numbers and other personal information.
In response, Equifax has taken many steps including dedicating a website to provide resources and updates on the incident. They are also offering free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection to all U.S. consumers. To sign up for this offer, find out if you could be affected and for more information, click here.
The Equifax website offers these tips:
- If you have an account with Equifax, change the password immediately. While changing your password in your account settings, enable two-factor authentication (2FA) if you haven’t already.
- Monitor your credit reports regularly.
- Review your credit card statements for any suspicious activity.
- Watch out for phishing emails that ask you to click links or open attachments claiming the sender is providing information or protection from this incident.