Finding Out If You’re Affected
If you wish to proceed, here’s what the process looks like. First, visit equifaxsecurity2017.com. Just scroll down, and click or tap on “Potential Impact.”
Next, after reading the text on the page, select “Check Potential Impact.”
You’ll need to provide your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. Enter those, prove you’re not a robot, and click or tap “Continue.”
Next, you’ll learn whether the breach may have impacted you. The site also allows you to enroll for free in Equifax’s identity theft prevention product, Trusted ID Premier.
As the user screenshot below shows, you can enroll in Trusted ID Premier for free even if the cyber criminals didn’t get your data.
I Don’t Trust Equifax Anymore, What Other Choices Do I Have for Identity Theft Protection?
It is totally understandable for the 2017 Equifax breach to kill your confidence in that company. I’m still debating myself whether or not I’m going to take advantage of the free offer of Trusted ID Premier. Here are some other choices for identity theft protection products.
Remember, though, that none of these will be perfect. You will still need to actively monitor your credit reports, looking for unusual or unauthorized activity. The intelligence and sophistication of cyber criminals grows by the day.