I love circling back to stale news to see what's up.
It's been over a month since the Equifax breach. If you haven't taken action, please do. If you have a heartbeat and a social security number, this impacts you.
Need some brushing up of the details? I got you.
The FTC summarizes it great:
If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.
Here are the facts, according to Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people. And they grabbed personal information of people in the UK and Canada too.
Identity theft is uber serious and can seriously mess with your life. If you haven't already secured your data and implemented protocols for you and your peeps, please see below for great articles walking you through the various things you can and should do.
As someone who is hypervigilant about taking care of my identity (and my clients’), it was good for me to audit the suggestions to make sure I am doing everything possible to an informed guardian of client identities.
Also, I learned a few things that I didn’t want to know but now do, like “’Everyone’s social has pretty much been stolen at least once in the last 10 years,’” said one cybersecurity dude.
I tell everyone this, and it bears repeating: shop with a credit card because it’s easier to get stolen money back from than your debit card. WORD. Stop with the debit card madness. My mother and I argue about this all the time.
Lastly, if you don’t already have an online account with social security, you should get one to make sure nothing looks fishy, and you go ahead a secure that account before a thiever does. Because this is the world, we now live in.
Secure me, Sheconomista!