INDIANAPOLIS -- Personal information from approximately 143 million Americans may now be at risk because of a cybersecurity incident involving the major credit reporting agency Equifax and the company is offering tools for consumers to help them find out if their information was breached and to keep their information safe.
According to the latest census, the U.S. population is roughly 325 million, which means nearly half of all Americans could be impacted by the breach.
The affected information includes names, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and some driver’s license numbers.
Consumers can find out if their personal information may have been accessed by using the company's online "Check Potential Impact" tool.
CHECK YOUR INFO | Equifax’s “Check Potential Impact” tool
After filling out a bit of personal information on the website, you should receive a message that says whether your personal information may have been impacted by the incident. If you do not receive that message, the company says you should try at a later time.
Whether your information was impacted or not, Equifax is providing every consumer the option to enroll in “TrustedID Premier” an identity theft protection and credit file monitoring service.