How Does the Equifax Data Breach Affect Me?
As you may know, Equifax announced yesterday that they discovered a potential breach of consumer data, due to an unintentional compromise that lasted from mid-May through July that affected about 143 million Americans. During this breach, the hackers gained access to certain files, which included some or all of the following personal information:
- Social Security numbers
- Birth Dates
- Driver’s License numbers
- Credit Card Information
Consumers can check if they were impacted by this breach on Equifax’s web site here:
How Am I Protected?
BHCU is aware of the long-term effects of data breaches and the likeliness of future attacks. That’s why our share draft (checking) accounts are protected against Identity Theft. AS A SHARE DRAFT (CHECKING) ACCOUNT HOLDER AT BHCU, you are eligible for Fully Managed Identity Theft Recovery Services. Should you believe you are the victim of identity fraud or should you see any suspicious activity on your accounts, please CONTACT US immediately to be submitted for recovery assistance. With Fully Managed Recovery, you have access to a trained and certified Recovery Advocate who can work hand-in-hand with you to identify and resolve identity theft, EVEN IF IT IS NOT RELATED TO ACCOUNTS WITH BHCU.
How Do I Get Protection?
There is no full proof plan to prevent identity theft attacks and no matter what steps you take to protect your personal information, it can still be exposed. Data breaches are becoming more common today and regardless of how identity theft occurs, it makes sense to have protection and recovery services to diagnose and resolve any damage done. Securing Identity Theft Recovery Services is as simple as OPENING A BHCU SHARE DRAFT (CHECKING) ACCOUNT. Identity theft protection is a FREE value-added service with the account along with features like Online & Mobile Banking, no minimum balance requirement, FREE debit card transactions, access to over 30,000 surcharge-free ATM’s, and Remote Deposit Capture to name a few.
Extra Steps to Stay Safe and More Secure Online
- Monitor your credit card and other financial accounts closely to see if you have any suspicious activity
- Protect your email account by strengthening your password or enabling two factor identification
- Be cautious of unsolicited email offers and suspicious links
- Update your antivirus or malware software on your devices
- For more information on how you can stay safe online please visit: https://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/landing/