The Calm After the Storm
When you hear that 143 million Americans were affected by the Equifax data breach, it’s natural to feel a bit on edge.
It’s scary to know that you may have been involved in a data breach. The size and scope of the Equifax data breach makes us wonder: what happened to our information, what should we do, and how can we protect our information in the future?
We want to make sure you’re taking full advantage of your Identity Protection Program powered by EZShield. Our award-winning products and services are here to help you secure, monitor and restore your information – especially after security events like these.
If your information was exposed in this breach, don’t panic. Below are some common misconceptions about data breaches and identity crimes, as well as ways your identity protection can help you navigate through them.
MYTH #1: “Securing my information won’t help.”
Fact: Preventative steps are your best defense against identity crimes.
Identity crime is inconvenient, stressful and seems to always happen at the worst moments. Information exposed in a breach event is more likely to be misused in the future.
Education and preventative measures are such an important, yet often overlooked, component of identity protection. The unfortunate truth is that criminals often wait to misuse breached information.
Why? Because identity thieves want to stay under-the-radar for as long as possible.
Secure Your Information
Take a proactive approach to protecting your personal and financial information. We recommend you take the following steps to prevent criminals from misusing your information in the future:
Step 1: If you haven’t already, create an online account by visiting your online Identity Protection dashboard. To take full advantage of all the preventative benefits included in your Identity Protection, you’ll need to create your online account.
Step 2: Store your information in your Online Identity Vault™, a safe place to keep personally identifiable information (PII) such as credit and debit cards, Social Security numbers, medical IDs, bank accounts, drivers’ licenses and more.
Step 3: Generate strong passwords for your online accounts, and store them in your Password Manager.
Step 4: Don’t forget about education! Take advantage of our monthly email notifications packed with valuable identity protection tips from EZShield’s industry experts, as well as updates on major data breaches and scams in the news. Continue reading