Five things you should know about the 2017 Equifax data breach

With news of the recent data breach at Equifax — one of the leading credit bureaus in the United States — RBFCU wants to ensure that you have access to information about the incident to address any questions you may have.

What happened?

Equifax announced a data breach that could potentially affect approximately 143 million consumers. In the announcement, the company reported that certain files and identifiable personal information including Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver license numbers were accessed.

When did this happen?

Equifax reported the unauthorized access was detected within their systems on July 29, 2017. Based on its internal investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017.

Is the breach contained?

According to Equifax, the breach has since been contained.

How do I know if I was affected?

To find out if you were affected by the breach, visit www.equifax.com for more information.

What can I do if I’ve been affected?

Review and monitor your account statements and credit reports and immediately report any unauthorized activity to your financial institutions. RBFCU also offers IDProtect Plus, a service that monitors changes to your personal information and credit history for a small monthly fee, to guard against fraud and identity theft. For more information, visit RBFCU.org/idprotectplus or enroll today via your online account.

IDProtect service is a personal identity theft protection service available to account owner(s) and their family. Family includes: Spouse, persons qualifying as domestic partner, and children under 25 years of age and parent(s) who are residents of the same household. Service is not available to a “signer” on the account who is not an account owner. Service is not available to businesses and their employees, clubs and/or churches and their members, schools and their employees/students. Identity Theft Insurance underwritten by insurance company subsidiaries or affiliates of Chartis Inc.