By now we all know that Equifax suffered a historic data breach with criminals gaining access to sensitive personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans. "Gaining access" is the political correct way of saying they were stolen.
In addition to Social Security Numbers, birth dates, and home addresses, the intruders also obained credit card numbers, drivers license numbers, and other personal data. So, the question now is...
What do we do now?
Here are 3 ways to protect yourself and your company...
1. Setup Fraud Alerts
Placing a fraud alert is free. The initial fraud alert stays on your credit report for 90 days.
a. Contact one of the three major credit bureaus
b. Ask the company to put a fraud alert on your credit file.
c. Confirm that the company will contact the other 2 companies.
For more details, check out this link at the Federal Trade Commission: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0275-place-fraud-alert
For added protection, also set these up at your banks and credit card companies.
2. Freeze Your Credit
The easiest way to do this is to visit www.freeze.equifax.com. This could be a pain in that you can't get any new credit when you want without first contacting the credit bureau and lifting this freez. But, it's the best way to protect yourself.
3. Keep all of your Anti-Virus and other Intrusion Prevention Service software up to date.
This means both on your company network as well as on your personal machines.
It's been reported that the Equifax hack took advantage of an Apache vulnerability which was first known about back in March, but wasn't patched till later. Which lead to the cyber criminals taking advantage of this gap in protection.
For more details on what a well protected network looks like, check out our recent blog: My Network's Secure, Right?
Well, there you have it. 3 great ways to strengthen both your personal as well as corporate security footprint.
Hopefully this info been helpful. Let us know in the Comment box below or shoot me an email if you’d like to chat about this in more detail.