Its clear that the Equifax breach is a big deal due to the type of information exposed. We’re sharing some simple ways to protect your online accounts, both personal and business information. Still relevant a year later!
Its more important than ever to use a Password Management tool and secure your accounts. The New York Times put together a simple tool where you can see how many times your information has been breached. If you’re re-using the same password on multiple websites especially with the latest Marriott Breach on 11/30 – affecting 500 million customers – its time to update.
Simple Ways to Protect Your Online Accounts
What to do: Make sure you have a LONG password on your email account, and turn on Two-Factor Authentication if possible to prevent unauthorized access if your password is compromised. Our team can help ensure your email accounts are protected.
An initial fraud alert lasts 90 days and can be renewed. I’ve found that Experian has a simple, quick way of turning on a fraud alert. Experian is required to also notify the bureaus on your behalf to turn on fraud alerts for their files also. Click HERE to visit the Experian fraud alert page, and scroll down to the bottom to enroll w/o the need for a credit report #.
Inc.com has a great article that talks about this.
What to do: Contact your cellular carrier and request they put a Security PIN on your account that must be used before making any account changes. (Including assigning your phone # to another phone)