What You Need To Know About the Equifax Data Breach

International credit reporting agency Equifax says that a cybersecurity breach exposed Americans’ personal information — including Social Security numbers and addresses — for a span of about two months. Around 143 million people could be affected. 

Equifax will notify affected consumers via direct mail and email. The company has also created a dedicated website (http://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/) where people can check to find out if their personal information was part of the breach. Equifax says it will offer one full free year of complimentary credit and identify-theft monitoring. But be sure to read the fine print; by signing up for the credit-monitoring, you might be giving up some rights to sue. Read the story from The AP.

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