While randomly going through my files I stumbled across my old credit score, brought to you by Equifax! Stupid me not realizing I was one of the 145 and a half million people affected, I started to see what I could do to protect myself. If you are not familiar with the Equifax Breach check out our summary of the Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith testimony. Step numero uno, put a security freeze on my account. To do this you go to Equifax's website and fill out a form.
Immediately I notice I must enter in my social security number to place a freeze. It seems a little counter-intuitive to enter my SSN on a company website that just suffered the most devastating hacks for consumers in history. But I guess it doesn't matter much since my info is already out there. I held off though and tried to to find a way to speak to a human. Even if giving my social is the only way for them to look up my account (which cannot be true), I'd rather give it on a recorded customer support call than submit it somewhere on the internet. Especially since Equifax tweeted out a phishing website as there response to this whole thing and allowed malware to be advertised as a flash player install on their site. Unfortunately the Equifax contact page is down.. shocker!
I suppose it's time I sign up for Life Lock. Their package for 10 bucks a month reimburses you up to 25 grand. For $30 a month, up to 1 million! If you were affected by this hack it may be something for you to consider as well.