What's a credit freeze, and should you do it?

Equifax logo in the background as a Block holds together a broken chain representing the Equifax hack that affected millions

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The Federal Trade Commission is informing people who think they might have been a part of the Equifax breach, what to do.

Equifax on September 7 revealed that criminals "exploited a USA website application vulnerability" to gain access to credit card numbers, dispute documents with personal identifying information, names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and some driver's license numbers.

ALBUQUERQUE ― Yesterday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he has written credit reporting firm Equifax to protest the firm's policy of charging for some credit monitoring services after a security breach caused by the firm's own mistakes. It said the information that may have been breached includes names, addresses, social insurance numbers and, in limited cases, credit card numbers. Experts recommend changing passwords regularly for e-mail and other accounts that hold personal information. The company's security and information executives stepped down last week, and Bloomberg also reported today that the Justice Department is said to be investigating the questionable sale of stock by Equifax executives in advance of the company disclosing its massive breach.

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It said it originally thought that the incident was limited to U.S. customers.

Equifax said in its statement that it created a dedicated website where consumers could understand whether they were impacted, find out more information about the breach, and learn how to protect themselves.

"Through this interface, the criminal actors obtained access to files containing personal information of certain Canadian customers", reads another excerpt.

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She accuses Equifax of violating the Fair Credit Reporting and also makes claims for invasion of privacy and negligence.

Equifax should alert all affected people to the benefits of credit freezes and offer them free of charge to all Americans with all three major national credit bureaus. Someone opened a cell phone account and credit cards in her name after her identity was stolen.

To safeguard your personal information, you will want to place a freeze on your credit.

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