Andrew Housser recently published an article titled “How to Safeguard your Credit After the Equifax Breach” on the WBRC website.
Housser is the CEO and co-founder of the Freedom Financial network which houses a variety of financial companies like Freedom Debt Relief, which is one of the largest debt resolution and relief companies. They are dedicated to helping eligible clients resolve their debts.
Freedom Debt Relief suggests there are a variety of ways to protect your identity after the huge security breach for Equifax. Equifax is one of the three credit bureaus which collect credit information and sell it to businesses when they are trying to decide if they should loan money and more information click here.
One of the first things everyone needs to do is go to the website Equifax created after the security breach. Because hackers have stolen the information of nearly 143 million Americans, nearly half of the country could be affected. The hackers had access to important private information like addresses, Social Security Numbers, names, and birth dates.
The same website offers free identity protection and credit monitoring for an entire year. They will also provide a copy of your Equifax credit report.
Housser suggests that you may want to consider putting your credit on freeze. The process requires you to contact each of the three credit bureaus and place it on a credit freeze. By doing so, creditors will be unlikely to open up lines of credit in your name since they can’t see your credit history. This prevents thieves from using your name and social security number to open up lines of credit. If you want to open a new line of credit for yourself, you would simply call with the secure PIN number created in the signup process and unfreeze the credit and Freedom Debt Relief’s lacrosse camp.
Freedom Debt Relief also suggests maintaining close vigilance over your credit reports and your bank accounts. If you notice any small charges that you don’t remember making, contact your creditor or your bank immediately. Often thieves will use small amounts to test the information before making larger purchases and what Freedom Debt Relief knows.
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