Data Breaches, Credit Freezes, and Vigilance

Personal Finance December 12, 2017 Print Friendly and PDF

Credit Freezes: Description, Pros and Cons, and Contact Information for Credit Reporting Agencies

Members of the Financial Security for All Community of Practice (FSA CoP) and our educational partners have developed research-based and experience-tested materials to help Americans deal with the aftermath of the Equifax hack. Below are links to their online blogs and publications:

Equifax Security Breach: Steps to Protect Yourself (Lisa Leslie, University of Florida IFAS Extension):
     http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/hillsboroughco/2017/09/15/equifax-security-breach-steps-protect/

To Freeze or Not Freeze My Credit Report (Kathy Sweedler, University of Illinois Extension):
     http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/eb141/entry_12860/

Credit Freeze Information in the Wake of the Equifax Hack (Barbara O’Neill, Rutgers Cooperative Extension):
     http://moneytalk1.blogspot.com/2017/09/credit-freeze-information-in-wake-of.html

Coping With the Aftermath of the Equifax Hack (Barbara O’Neill, Rutgers Cooperative Extension): 
     http://moneytalk1.blogspot.com/2017/09/coping-with-aftermath-of-equifax-hack.html 

Credit Freeze Contact Information (Barbara O’Neill, Rutgers Cooperative Extension):
     http://njaes.rutgers.edu/money/pdfs/Credit-Freeze-Contact-Information.pdf

How to be Vigilant in the Aftermath of the Equifax Hack: Part 1 (Securing Bank Accounts and Credit) (Barbara O’Neill, Rutgers Cooperative Extension):
     http://moneytalk1.blogspot.com/2017/09/how-to-be-vigilant-in-aftermath-of.html

How to be Vigilant in the Aftermath of the Equifax Hack: Part 2 (Insurance and Income Taxes) (Barbara O’Neill, Rutgers Cooperative Extension):
     http://moneytalk1.blogspot.com/2017/10/how-to-be-vigilant-in-aftermath-of.html

Protecting Yourself in the Face of a Data Breach (Amanda Woods, Ohio State University Extension):
     http://livesmartohio.osu.edu/money/woods-485osu-edu/protecting-yourself-in-the-face-of-a-data-breach/

Three Easy Steps to Protect Your Online Identity (National Endowment for Financial Education):
     https://www.hsfpp.org/blog/article/130/3-easy-steps-to-protect-your-online-identity.aspx

Equifax Data Breach -- Steps to Protect (Money Tip$, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach):
     https://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/moneytips/security-breach

Equifax Data Breach, What Now? (Karen Lynn Poff, Virginia Cooperative Extension):
     https://warren.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/warren_ext_vt_edu/karen/files/fina...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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