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Pointers for Protecting Identity after the Equifax Security Breach

The recent security breach at the Equifax credit reporting agency exposed extensive personal information on approximately 143 million Americans. Computer hackers gained access to consumers’ names, addresses, social security numbers, and dates of birth from Equifax files, creating serious potential problems for consumers.

Seniors can be at particular risk to identity theft; therefore, a monitoring plan should be put in place by caregivers to review financial accounts (checking, savings, investment, retirement), credit cards, as well as credit report data for unusual transactions, including the opening of new and potentially unauthorized accounts.

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