Time running out for free credit monitoring
If you were one of the 200 million people who victims of the Equifax data breach back in 2017, the Ohio Attorney General is reminding you to sign up for your free credit monitoring before it’s too late.
Equifax is one of the largest credit reporting companies out there and a flaw in their security back in September of 2017 led to the personal information of around half of the US population being exposed to criminals. Equifax didn’t have proper security measures in place and even when they found out about the issue they didn’t fix it. That led to crooks having access to personal information like Social Security numbers, addresses, driver’s licenses, credit cards, and more for over two months.
As part of a $600 million dollar settlement with forty-seven states, the company agreed to fix its security issues and also offer up to ten years of free credit monitoring to those affected by the breach.
To check if you were one of the hundreds of millions hit by this breach go to EquifaxBreachSettlement.com. The credit monitoring service will be free if you were affected by the breach.
“These credit monitoring services will go a long way in shielding data breach victims from the perils of identity theft,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said. “This sort of protection normally costs hundreds of dollars per year, but there’s still time to get it for free.”