On September 7, 2017, a cybersecurity breach was announced by Equifax, one of the three U.S. credit-reporting bureaus, impacting approximately 143 million people. The unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July of 2017.  


As a result, Equifax is offering free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring to all U.S. consumers. I recommend that you take advantage of this offer.


The website that is dedicated to this cybersecurity breach is www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.

This site has a link for individuals to check if they were part of the affected group. The following information is from Equifax’s website and lists the steps you can take to check if you are impacted by the breach and to sign up for free identity protection.


From www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/:


To determine if your personal information may have been impacted by this incident, please follow the below steps:


  1. Click on the below link “Check Potential Impact,” and provide your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number.
  2. Based on that information, you will receive a message indicating whether your personal information may have been impacted by this incident.
  3. Regardless of whether your information may have been impacted, we will provide you the option to enroll in TrustedID Premier. The enrollment period ends on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.


You will receive an enrollment date. You should return to this site and follow the “How do I enroll?” instructions below on or after that date to continue the enrollment and activation process.


Please note: Enrollment in TrustedID Premier is only available for consumers with a U.S. Social Security number.


Enrolling in the free credit-file monitoring and identity theft protection that we are offering as part of this cybersecurity incident does not waive any rights to take legal action. The Terms of Use on www.equifax.com do not apply to the TrustedID Premier product being offered to consumers as a result of the cybersecurity incident.


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a scam alert on Thursday, September, 14, 2017, urging people to be aware of Equifax-related phone scams already surfacing as a result of the breach. Equifax will not call asking for personal information. Please visit the following web address for additional information: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts.