Equifax breach affecting Arkansans, were you breached?

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"They can take out a mortgage, file tax refunds, file Social Security benefits, you name it, they can take all your benefits away", says cyber security expert Avivah Litan. An attack on Equifax exposed information like social security numbers of almost 143 million Americans.

In light of Equifax's security breach, which exposed million's of American's data, what are your options to protect yourself? It is used by banks, government agencies, and companies - including other credit reporting services. Multiple congressional committees have also signaled their intent to hold hearings on the Equifax data breach. Equifax, which says it learned of the breach in late July, said credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and certain documents for another 182,000 were also accessed. While not foolproof, credit freeze is the best way to prevent lenders from having access to your credit report and thieves from opening new lines of credit in your name.

Logging on to Equifaxsecurity2017.com will allow you to check and see if your information may have been compromised. Click on the "Potential Impact" tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. Consumer-reporting companies are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, according to the CFPB.

Peterson said his office is committed to ensuring that Equifax complies with all applicable state laws. This company is just one of many that keeps data on you. The company has been overwhelmed by requests by consumers to freeze their credit, which temporarily knocked the system offline Wednesday.

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It seems the only thing Equifax has done right so far, is finally removing their charge to freeze your credit report.

The Canadian Press made multiple calls as consumers to Equifax Canada's customer service line and was told that consumers whose credit files were not checked outside of Canada are unlikely to be part of any breach. If the information can't be explained, then you will need to call the creditors involved and report the crime to your local police or sheriff's office.

Equifax announced to the public on Thursday that a "cybersecurity incident" had exposed the personal information of approximately 143 million Americans. "You can do that by getting the free annual credit reports that you are entitled to from each of the 3 major credit reporting bureaus".

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