I’m sure by now you’ve seen the headlines: Equifax had a data breach and a bunch of Americans’ personal information was stolen by hackers. It’s easy to ignore incidents like these because they’re becoming more commonplace.
The incident with Equifax is a bigger deal, though. Past incidents like Target and Yahoo have included important pieces of sensitive information, but never the whole picture.
The Equifax breach included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and some credit card numbers. That’s enough information to take out a loan in your name, rack up credit card charges, claim your tax refund, or even withdraw money from your bank account. And it happened to 143 million Americans. That’s 44% of the population.
I’ve gotten a few questions about the Equifax breach this week, so I thought a blog post might help answer a few of them. This post will cover what happened, why it’s important, what you should do now, and why you shouldn’t trust that they’ll “make things right”.