Protect yourself from identity theft by Wend McNamara

Recently, Equifax, one of the largest consumer credit reporting agencies, announced a cyberattack against its servers compromised the personal customer information of approximately 140 million Americans. The hacked information includes names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers. It is estimated that 3.8 million Indiana residents were impacted by this data breach.

To help protect your identity, the Indiana Attorney General’s office has a website that allows Hoosiers to conveniently request a free credit freeze. Placing a freeze on your credit blocks an identity thief from opening a new account or obtaining credit in your name and prevents new creditors from accessing your credit report without your permission.

Equifax also set up to allow individuals to check if they have been affected by this data breach and sign up to receive free credit monitoring.