The Chairman of Equifax, one of the "Big Three" credit bureaus, announced yesterday that Equifax had discovered a data breach that could jeopardize the credit card numbers of up to 209,000 consumers. You can watch the press release below.
In response, Equifax has setup a site where you can check to see if your information may have been affected by the breach and sign up for free credit monitoring. To do so, you can follow the link here:
There have been some reports of this site not working or people doubting the legitimacy of the site. But I tested it myself and the main Equifax page as well as the above press release reference it. So I believe it is legit.
But whether you decide to take Equifax up on their offer or not, this is a good reminder that no one is immune to cyber threats and credit and identity monitoring is becoming just as important and common as health insurance.
UPDATE 9/11/2017***It turns out that the site that Equifax setup to tell you if you've been affected by the breach tells you that you have no matter what information you put in.
There's a helpful article that recommends freezing your credit file. You can click the link below to view it.