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12 September 2017, 12:36 | Maryann Sutton
How to Protect and Monitor Your Identity After The Equifax Hack
A firm like that, that deals with sensitive personal information every second should have the most impenetrable systems around. WalletHub.com suggested using "suppression/blocking" to clean your reports of negative, inaccurate marks caused by identity theft.
As Stockley rightly points out, if Equifax had chosen randomized PINs, the chances for thieves to guess them on the first go would be one in 10bn. "It poses an identity-theft threat to tens of millions of people", said Jocelyn Baird, associate editor of NextAdvisor, a consumer information website.
The site also includes some fine print saying that people who choose to accept what Equifaxoffers through this site means people waive other representation in the future, such as participating in a class action suit. Equifax has set up a site - equifaxsecurity2017.com - where consumers can check if their data was exposed. The company discovered the hack on July 29 and publicly announced it more than a month later on Thursday.
"It's far from a flawless solution - freezing and unfreezing isn't slick - but short of changing your SSN and date of birth it's probably your best protection".
The latest security error marks yet another issue for the beleaguered credit agency. Thanks to the "website application vulnerability" which hackers exploited, personal data about British, Canadian and American consumers are in the hands of God knows who.
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There has been a significant amount of confusion about that.
Equifax's ham-handed response is reviving calls to weed out mandatory arbitration from the finance industry. Regulators are trying to crack down on the practice, particularly after the Wells Fargo sales practices scandal.
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He recommends filing a police report and sending it to the three big credit agencies. Make sure you temporarily lift the freeze if you are in the market for a loan.
A host of state and federal authorities as well as politicians have stepped in to investigate.
Lenders use Equifax information to determine risks in financing people's mortgages and credit cards. Now lawsuits have started to appear and even more are expected. "Hackers want to get in, stay undetected as long as they can". New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, said his office aims to "get to the bottom" of how the breach occurred. Equifax maintains data on more than 820 million customers worldwide and protecting that information is central to its mission. Others expressed frustration that three senior executives sold about $1.8 million in stock in the days following the discovery of the hack. Large breaches like this attract scammers and criminals who try to obtain your personal information by posing as the company who experienced the breach and/or the company providing credit and identity monitoring services as a result of the breach. Equifax failed at that.
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