Equifax — the latest
Equifax has announced another 2.5 million people may have been swept up in the massive data breach.
We’re getting more and more calls/emails regarding what you as consumers can do to protect your data. Along with all that’s mentioned in earlier Equifax posts, here are additional things you can/should do:
- Review your account(s) daily. With desktop banking and our mobile app, it’s easier than ever to review transactions on your account. If you see something strange or that you don’t recognize, contact Heartland immediately.
- Consider placing a “fraud alert” on your credit reports — you only need to contact one of the three agencies but be sure to request that the info be passed on to the other two.
- Equifax: call 800.525.6285
- Experian: call 888.397.3742
- TransUnion: call 800.680.3742
- Check your credit reports annually at www.annualcreditreport.com or call 877.322.8228. Stagger the review by pulling one report every 4 months to catch any “new” or suspicious activity more quickly.
- Beware of other sites that try to sell a credit report or offer a “free” report in exchange for a subscription to a service.
- Use “account alerts” available to you inside online banking. Log into eBanking, choose the “Info Center” tab and then “eAlert subscriptions.”
- Don’t click on links or attachments in emails from organizations with whom you’re not familiar. Even those you ARE familiar with, don’t be afraid to contact and verify!
- Use strong and long passwords. And change your passwords regularly!