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More than 1 million Iowans among those vulnerable after Equifax security breach

17 September 2017, 01:00 | Marta Robbins

What's The Difference Between Equifax, TransUnion And Experian?

Step 2 in Equifax's Unfreeze Process

The Iowa Attorney General's office is urging on Iowans to "act now" following a massive data breach involving the credit reporting company Equifax.

"We continue to work with law enforcement as part of our criminal investigation, and have shared indicators of compromise with law enforcement", Equifax said in a statement on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Equifax is working with a forensic firm to investigate the breach and says its investigation is ongoing.

While Equifax is free now, Transunion and Experian will cost you at least $5 to put on and to take off. It is important to note that a consumer does not need to have used Equifax for their data to be exposed to these hackers. In that case, you may have to explain that your Social Security number is linked to the older number that is connected to your credit-history data. Just click enroll on the page that tells you you may be a victim. From a secure computer and an encrypted network connection, visit Equifax's website at and click on the tab "Potential Impact". Cyber security expert Adam Levin said those consumers need to sign up for free credit report fraud alerts. Equifax, which says it learned of the breach in late July, said credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and certain documents for another 182,000 were also accessed. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Plus, I don't really feel comfortable giving Equifax more information about me, which is what you have to do to get answers or sign up for their free credit monitoring (which I also do not recommend, see below).

"Social security number is for life".

Reports Of Active Shooter At New Hampshire's Biggest Hospital
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Monitor your credit reports. The Commerce website has a form you can use to request a freeze from the three major credit reporting agencies.

Even though the breach is one of the largest ever, and may already be responsible for a spike in consumer fraud, Wall Street was surprised by the extent of the public's anger.

It seems the only thing Equifax has done right so far, is finally removing their charge to freeze your credit report.

The first thing you should consider in the wake of the nation's most recent data breach is freezing your credit.

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