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Tips on how to protect yourself after Equifax's data breach

September 08, 2017 06:53 PM

ALBANY -- They're trusted to safeguard and protect your information. The question is what do you do when the watchers can't even protect themselves.

"We place a lot of trust in these organizations because that's their business," said GreyCastle Security CEO Reg Harnish.

It's been Equifax's business to watch over your credit. It's one of three main organizations that calculate credit scores. The cash of information they're sitting on is very valuable, especially to people in the business of stealing and reselling identities. Harnish said it was only a matter of time before they were compromised.

"They've been compromised since May. We've only heard about it in the last 24 hours," Harnish said.

About 143 million Americans may feel the impact. The hackers got their hands on social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and some drivers license numbers. Harnish said take a deep breath because that's actually not the bad news.

"The bad news is that your information is already been for sale online for a long time, all of it," he told NewsChannel 13.

That's the reality of the digital age. If you interact with society, your information is at risk. What you need is a plan for when things go bad. The same recommendations apply. Be aware you're vulnerable. Monitor your credit closely along with your bank and credit card accounts.

"You got to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. There's no way to eliminate risk, cyber risk in your life," Harnish said.

Along with monitoring your financial life, you also need to be careful about the websites you visit, the emails you click on and who you give your information to on the phone.

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