What you must do about Equifax data breach!

Ruben Ruiz
September 16, 2017

Almost 1.1 million Iowans and more than 700,000 Nebraskans had their personal information exposed because of the massive security breach at credit reporting company Equifax Inc.

The State Attorney General's Office has taken in numerous calls from concerned Arkansans since Equifax announced 143 million Americans could be affected by a data breach that happened over the summer.

At the Equifax web portal, people have to enter their last name and the last six digits of their Social Security number to find out if their information was involved.

The Equifax data breach has left almost half the us population's personal information at risk.

Cronin also stressed the importance of continuing to keep an eye on things into the future, because hackers know that the breach has been all over the news, he said they'll likely wait months or even a year to try to use your information. He also said the the credit reporting agency should extend free credit monitoring and credit freezes to consumers for 10 years and remove mandatory arbitration clauses from its terms of use.

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A lot of people are choosing to "freeze" their credit report.

"Anyone that is trying to open your account or get an inquiry about your account, there's a blockage to them being able to do that without you giving permission", he said.

For people who are concerned about their identities having been stolen a crdit freeze will stop a thief for applying for credit or opening an account in your name. That means that if you're in the market for a home or new vehicle, a credit freeze can be quite the headache.

She says the best thing you can do is freeze your credit report.

Even if you don't do financial transactions online, your information may still be at risk. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you. Meantime, since 2006, Lisa Madigan's office has a unit devoted to helping victims of identity theft and helping consumers prevent it. And if you have credit, Equifax has your sensitive information.

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