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The Equifax data breach: What you need to know

On September 7, 2017, Equifax informed the public that millions of American's personal data was accessed by outside individuals. The breach was discovered on July 29, and Equifax said individuals "exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files."

Unlike most data breaches, many affected by the attack are unaware because they may not work directly with Equifax. The company gathers data from credit card companies, banks and other financial institutions – sometimes without the individual’s knowledge. Although you may not have a direct relationship with Equifax, your information could be at risk.

Those who have had their identity stolen know that it is costly and time consuming to restore. Determine if your data is affected by checking the Equifax website. Equifax also is allowing impacted individuals the opportunity to enroll in free credit monitoring through their TrustedID Premier.

You should also consider enrolling in a third-party credit protection plan. Rehmann is pleased to offer LegalShield, a leading provider of proactive identity theft protection services. LegalShield offers incredibly robust identity, finance and credit protection solutions, and provides 24/7 access to a quality law firm to answer any unexpected questions. To enroll, visit www.legalshield.com/info/Rehmann.

Additional LegalShield resources:  About IDShieldIDShield activation steps | Mobile apps

In addition to credit monitoring, placing a credit freeze on your identity and accounts is highly encouraged. A freeze restricts the manner in which accounts might be opened in your name through establishment of a unique PIN number.

Other useful tips: Visit annualcreditreport.com to check your credit, and monitor your credit statements routinely.  

If you have questions or have experienced identity theft, please visit here or contact us at today at 866.799.9580.

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