The Equifax Breach
As you may have heard, Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus in the U.S. announced a data breach potentially impacting 143 million people. The leaked information included personal information such as names, birth dates, social security numbers, addresses, and other identifying information. Reports also indicate that at least 209,000 credit card numbers have been compromised.
What You Can Do To Protect Yourself
- Visit the Equifax security site to determine if you have been impacted.
- Sign up for one year of free credit monitoring service through Equifax.
- Request your credit report from one or all of the credit bureaus by visiting annualcreditreport.com.
- Watch your accounts daily. If you haven’t already done so, sign up for online banking.
- Never provide personal information over the phone or via email, especially from individuals claiming to represent Equifax, either of the other two credit bureaus (Experian & TransUnion), or your financial institution.
- We also suggests the following:
- Protect, control, and monitor your State Bank debit card with SecurLock Equip.
- Call your local branch and have a password added to your account. This will prevent crooks from calling the bank and impersonating you with the information they may now have.