Recent news of the Equifax hack and subsequent data breach potentially affecting millions of people has caused many to question if they are a victim, and how they should respond if their information has been compromised.
A lot of information, including tips and advice on how to proceed, is being shared on news sites and social media. I have collected what I believe are the most useful tips and provided links to trusted news sources with more information about this specific data breach.
The Federal Trade Commission provides an overall description of the incident and provides information on how to proceed.
The New York Times offers a detailed breakdown with important questions and answers.
Forbes has a story detailing what not to do.
Have I been affected by the hack?
Equifax created a website to check whether your information was exposed. This is the only way to determine if your information may have been compromised as the company will not alert you otherwise.