This week on The Dime Roll, we want to get real about a matter that has been making national headlines the past few days: identity theft. We all know that it's a looming possibility for any of us, but the risk just got a whole lot more real for 143 million people whose personal information was compromised in a data breach of Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus. What kind of information was accessed? Think important details like social security numbers, birth dates, address history, credit card numbers...pretty much anything you wouldn't want in the hands of hackers (lovely). Whether or not you were one of the individuals compromised, we urge you to use this as an opportunity to do a little security check/cleanup with yourself. What might that entail? How about resetting your passwords. Reviewing your credit report from each of the three credit bureaus (P.S. you're entitled to a free report from Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion once annually), and disputing any credit inquiries, account openings, etc. that you did not approve or initiate. Considering a credit monitoring and identity theft protection service (Identity Guard and LifeLock are some of the first that come to mind). Oh, and taking a look at this great article from Forbes, which outlines five steps we all should take to ensure that our personal data is secure. Hackers are here to stay, unfortunately, but thankfully there are measures that can be put in place to lessen your chance of becoming their next victim.
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