Recently I found out my identity was stolen and used by an organized criminal group operating across the United States from coast to coast. This situation was shocking, as I’ve been an overly-cautious security expert for more than a decade. I still can’t be certain where exactly my personal information became compromised, but the only confirmed source I’m aware of comes from the serial compromises that took place at Equifax.
More than half of my fellow Americans had their personal information stolen through the Equifax breach. New information has come to light just recently in Senate Judiciary hearings which indicates the depth of the loss was significantly worse than Equifax first disclosed in September of 2017.
My goal in sharing this information is that other people will be able to prevent themselves from being victimized through no fault of their own and enable those whom are already victims to restore a sense of order to their life and financial affairs.
For those of you who have already had your credit stolen: first and foremost, don’t expect any third party to take charge of the situation, you are the only person who can resolve the matter. You should prepare yourself to deal with a level of bureaucracy that would elevate a Zen Master’s blood pressure, and you’ll be wasting an ungodly number of hours of your life trying to reach some semblance of normal again. The requirements to steal your identity are significantly less complicated than what’s required to get it back.
TLDR: For those of you who have not had your identity stolen yet, follow sections #1, #4, #6, and #7 that are titled:
• FREEZE FREEZE FREEZE YOUR CREDIT
• CHECK YOUR CREDIT REPORT
• SECURE YOUR PHONE NUMBER
• SECURE YOUR ONLINE IDENTITY & CRITICAL ACCOUNTS
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