On September 7, Equifax—one of the three largest American credit agencies—announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting consumer information, including Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, etc., leaving them vulnerable to identity theft.
Southside’s Investment Services Team, through a partnership with Raymond James, wants to make sure you’re aware of available resources to ensure your personal and financial information is protected. Please follow the steps below to determine if you or anyone in your household was impacted by this incident:
1. Go to equifaxsecurity2017.com.
2. Click on the “Potential Impact” link, and provide your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number when prompted.
3. Based on that information, you will receive a message indicating whether your personal information may have been impacted.
4. If your information has been compromised, Equifax is offering free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring to all US consumers through Tuesday, November 21, 2017.
While Southside, Raymond James and other financial firms employ the most up-to-date safeguards to protect client account numbers and other important personal information, you can also play a vital role in keeping your information secure. Here’s how:
The bottom line? Cybersecurity is a big—and ongoing—concern. Make sure you follow these simple steps to keep your personal information safe.