Equifax Data Breach

Equifax Data Breach

Equifax, one of the three largest credit monitoring bureaus in the US, announced the discovery of a data breach on Sept. 7th, 2017. 143 million consumers may have been affected.

The following customer data was exposed:

  • Social Security numbers
  • Birth dates
  • Names
  • Addresses

To help you determine if your personal information was compromised, Equifax set up a website:


You can learn more about the incident and start taking precautions if you were one of the 143 million impacted consumers.

To further protect yourself from future incidents, here are a few additional tips:

Contact each of the nationwide credit reporting companies:

Equifax — 1-800-349-9960 or equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services/credit-freeze

Experian — 1-888-397-3742 or http://www.experian.com/consumer-products/creditlock.html

TransUnion — 1-888-909-8872 or https://www.transunion.com/freeze

  • Secure your phone with a password

Whether you are a victim of this data breach or not, use these tips to be prepared for the next one by protecting your identity and personal information.

Anna Sergunina
Anna Sergunina

I'm Anna Sergunina, CFP®, President & CEO at MainStreet Financial Planning, Inc. My passion lies in serving others through financial planning, helping clients achieve their dreams like buying a home, saving for education, or retiring early. With over two decades in the industry and a CFP designation since 2009, I'm dedicated to excellence and continuous growth. Beyond work, I cherish moments with my son Liam, prioritize self-care, and engage in content creation for my Money Boss Parent Podcast and Money Library blog.

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