Equifax Security Breach – Part 1

Equifax Security Breach – Part 1


Are you a potential victim of the Equifax security breach? Since an estimated 143 million records were compromised, chances are yes you are. If so how do you find out?

Equifax has created a dedicated website to check. It is equifaxsecurity2017.com. The website provides news and updates in regards to the breach and what they are doing about it. On the website there is a link to click called “Am I Impacted”. Click on it and type in the last 6 digits of your social security number and your last name and the website will tell you if you were potentially impacted. If so, it allows you to enroll in free credit monitoring.

We suggest you take advantage of this free service. According to the website, the enrollment period ends on November 21, 2017 and if you enroll for credit monitoring, the service is free for one year. The website states no credit card info is needed to enroll and provides details concerning what the service includes.

We have heard it from other sources that if you enroll in the free service, you waive any ability to participate in a class action lawsuit and subject yourself to arbitration rules. According to Equifax’s September 15 update, this is not the case and these clauses in the Terms of Use Agreement were removed. In short, you are not giving up any legal rights by signing up for the free credit monitoring service.

Since the likelihood is high you were personally impacted by this breach, we at CPA Consulting Group suggest you visit this website now and enroll in the free credit monitoring service. If you have any questions, please call us at 307-577-4040.