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Equifax Breach Update

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

oct.5 2007

So, Richard Smith, the now ex-CEO of Equifax had to answer some questions. He got questioned by a few different committees. Here’s what we know……….

Yes, equifax did get hacked back in May or June of this year.

Yes, it was over 143,000,000 people’s information.

Yes, they claim that they did not know about these hacks until July.

Yes, they waited until September to release the information that they had been hacked.

Yes, they did offer FREE Credit Monitoring through Trusted ID for 1 year.

Yes, Equifax owns Trusted ID.

Yes, after your FREE year at Trusted ID, it goes up to 17.00 a month.

Yes, Richard (A.K.A. DICK) Smith was quoted from a speech given in August( after being hacked, but before telling anyone) as saying that the best thing that could happen for Equifax is if they would be hacked, so that they could sell their credit monitoring service.

Yes, unbelievably, the IRS just gave Equifax a huge no-bid contract to verify Identities in the upcoming tax season.

You can not make this stuff up people. Things are only going to get crazier from here. These identities will start being used soon. Some in ways that are not going to be detectable by the run of the mill credit monitoring services. Criminal Identity theft, synthetic ID theft, immigration identity theft, tax fraud. These can only be detected by an Identity Monitoring service. Between this breach, the data breach at the VA, Yahoo, hospitals, insurance companies, your mail, hacked websites, etc. etc. It is almostĀ  certain that if you are an adult, your identity will be stolen in the next 5 years.

I personally use LifeLock. I have a relationship with LifeLock. I believe that LifeLock is a necessity. Join now by clicking the banner below. You deserve peace of mind about this. Look, I know that nobody can prevent all Identity Theft. But LifeLock will detect it faster, they will notify you, they will help you fix it.


Avoid identity theft

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Avoid Identity Theft

1. Keep personal info such as SSN, Birth Certificate, and any other identifiers in a safe place. AND only give this information when necessary.
2. Ladies, guard your purse with your life…Gentlemen, while in congested areas such as busy downtown areas, malls, airports, and bus stations, keep wallet in a front pocket. Back pockets are way easier to pick.
3. Only carry checkbook when necessary.
4. Check credit card and bank statements for purchases that are not yours.
5. If you no longer use a Credit Card…..close the account and destroy it.
6. Shred, Shred, Shred. Do not just throw away bills and C.C. offers. These thieves are crafty and are not above digging in your trash.
7. Before revealing any identifying information, ask how it will be used. Make sure that your information ca not be shared.
8. Monitor your credit scores at least yearly. Also, get a Criminal Background Check on yourself.
9. On the internet…Use complex passwords. Never your name or name of close relatives (even your dog). And for the love of God, please do not use “password” as your password.
10. Use a locked mailbox or a post office box to send/receive mail.
11. Enroll in some sort of Identity Protection service. I now use Life Lock, trust me I have done the research. Their bad rep is not so deserved. While they may not have been able to prevent my situation….they would have caught it way earlier than I did and would have helped me clear it up a lot sooner, at no expense.

Help Protect Yourself From ID Theft. Get help with LifeLock.

Important numbers:

Credit bureaus:
Equifax 1-800 525-6285
Experian (formerly TRW) 1-800-301-7195
Trans Union 1-800-680-7289

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