Worried about the Equifax breach? Here's some help

This July 21, 2012, photo shows Equifax Inc., offices in Atlanta. Credit monitoring company Equifax says a breach exposed social security numbers and other data from about 143 million Americans. The Atlanta-based company said Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, that "criminals" exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

By now you probably have heard that credit-monitoring company Equifax has had a security breach that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans.

The breach exposed consumers' names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver's license numbers. The data can be a key to identity theft.

So what can you do?

There's no evidence that personal information has been impacted so far. But we also know that criminals often wait as long as six months to sell and use what they get from data breaches like this.

Equifax is offering free ID-theft protection and free credit-file monitoring to every consumer in the United State.

You must enroll to get in. The enrollment deadline is Nov. 21.

You can get more information at

You can also contact the dedicated call center at 1-866-447-7559.

Equifax says it hired a private cybersecurity firm to investigate and is working with law enforcement, including the FBI.

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