It has been widely reported that key identity information for nearly half of the US population has been leaked in a hack of Equifax, one of the three largest credit bureaus. Information leaked includes names, social security numbers, birth dates and addresses. Those are primary identification information components of applying for credit, and will no doubt put all victims at elevated risk of fraud against their identity and credit history.
Standard best practices for protecting your identity apply directly to this situation. Only the final recommendation (security freeze) would be special action to consider in light of this unfortunate leak at Equifax: Read More