It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and it couldn’t have come at a better time, considering we all just went through National Equifax Breach Awareness Month.
If you’re still upset with the credit bureau for the hack that exposed the personal data of more than 145 million people, channel your outrage into action. No, you can’t change the fact that your information might be out there for hackers to misuse, but there are some things you can control. Follow these five tips to protect yourself and your loved ones.
1. Start paying attention to the data companies collect on you
Credit bureaus like Equifax collect information about your financial history to build your credit reports. You can’t stop them from doing this, but you can keep a close eye on your reports and credit card and bank account statements. If you haven’t already, sign up for a free credit score and report source so you can watch for suspicious changes. Then consider freezing or locking your credit files at all three credit bureaus. Use alerts to stay on top of credit card transactions.