If you have not heard already, Equifax, one of the largest credit bureaus had a data breech that may affect you and put you at a higher risk of identity theft.
We had had several people contact us asking if emails pertaining to the breech are real. Here is our official recommendations and best practices to keep your information safe.
- Know the source of your information. Yes the breech did in fact happen but this is also a perfect opportunity for criminals to attempt to steal your information. Make sure any email you receive is actually from the credit company and even then, I would call or type in the addresses and not click any links as they can be faked. Or send to our review for us to analyse it. The only official website about the data breech is: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com
- Always be vigilante in opening any emails or attachments that look suspicious even if it is from someone you know. Criminals know how to fake email and use known contacts to make you feel comfortable opening it.
- Make sure you keep your computer patched with the latest updates and always run an Anti-Virus program. If you need help finding one, contact us for recommendations. We also highly recommend CyberReason Ransom Free which you can download from our website. It does a great job to prevent known Ransom Ware attacks.
- Last but not least, if you are not already paying for a credit monitoring service, now is a good time to start. Many companies out there offer the same services but the one we recommend and use personally is Zander Identity Theft Protection. You can click here to sign up. We also have found this to be the most affordable and offer family coverage as well.
As always, we aim to help keep you safe in all aspects of IT security and are available to help if you need us to walk you through any of the above. Contact our offices at 337-313-4200 if you need any assistance or open a ticket by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org