Credit Bureau Security Breaches

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In the wake of Equifax, there’s a fourth credit bureau you might want to contact

To find out if your personal data was compromised in the Equifax breach — which, according to the company, exposed Social Security numbers, birthdates and addresses of at least 143 million Americans — visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.

Consumers considering security freezes at the big three — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — also should consider requesting one with Innovis, he said. The freeze is free and can be done online at www.innovis.com/personal/securityFreeze.

Freezing credit reports prevents credit bureaus from releasing people’s files without their permission. Because most businesses won’t extend credit without checking a consumer’s credit history, ID thieves are blocked from opening fraudulent accounts.

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