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Michelle
Michelle
9/10/2017 6:28:18 PM
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Re: Flimsy Argument
Freezing your info isn't a perfect solution, unfortunately. The following was reported by an Equifax user online:

"Equifax security freeze PINs are worse than I thought. If you froze your credit today 2:15pm ET for example, you'd get PIN 0908171415."

https://twitter.com/webster/status/906346071210778625

 

 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/10/2017 1:55:18 PM
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Re: Flimsy Argument
I wonder if the cryptocurrency revolution will disrupt the credit agencies with more secure ways to verify identity and transfer funds. I also hope the government figures out a new way to re-issue SSNs whenever a breach occurs.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
9/10/2017 1:53:05 PM
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Re: Flimsy Argument
A pleasure to share--we should not panic or be worried--easier said than done..but it starts with us...In the midst of the days of dire developments, I thought to pass this on that I hope lifts the spirts of all within TT as I wish all a great week...listening to it now:

 

https://soundcloud.com/dybrkr/sets/fall-o-me-a-playlist-for-when

Onward!!

:)

 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/10/2017 1:50:40 PM
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Re: Flimsy Argument
That's great info. I put a freeze on my accounts and it left me wondering why the default isn't to be frozen? How often do people open up new credit accounts that they need their credit to be available at any time? Or perhaps there should be conditional "freezing" where you require more un-freezing if more than $10,000 of credit is being applied for? Why should it be binary of frozen or not? I assume there are some of these kind of safeguards in place already -- like when a bank pulls your entire credit history before you try to get a home loan. But I think we're going to see more security measures for all lines of credit soon.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
9/10/2017 10:37:09 AM
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Re: Flimsy Argument
Here is a  "primer" for all On data breaches I got from an old boss of mine..and wanted to pass it on: 

 

1.        Assume you are affected. Equifax and other credit reporting companies can collect information about you from credit card companies, banks, or other financial institutions without your knowledge. 
2.        Freeze your credit reports with all three major credit reporting companies: Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. Visit the Federal Trade Commission's Credit Freeze FAQ page for guidance on how to freeze your credit. 
3.        Set fraud alerts with all three agencies. For guidance on how to set fraud alerts, visit the Federal Trade Commission's Place a Fraud Alert page. 
4.        Monitor activity on your credit accounts and reports carefully. Consider checking your credit rating regularly by asking for free credit reports from your bank or other credit service companies. Please note that while Equifax is offering free credit monitoring for those affected by this breach, there are reports (not confirmed by USC) that you may be opting out of your ability to join any class action lawsuits against the company if you sign up for Equifax's credit monitoring. 
5.        Be aware of tax return fraud. Criminals sometimes use stolen social security numbers and other personal information to file fraudulent tax returns and redirect tax refunds to their own accounts. For more information on how to protect yourself, see the Internal Revenue Service's Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft

As this is a major and well-publicized breach, identity thieves and other criminals are likely to send out phish emails appearing to come from Equifax or other credit reporting agencies. It is important that you do not click links in any emails asking for your personal information or login details, no matter how legitimate the emails may appear. Instead, open a new browser window, navigate to the company's website by manually typing its official URL in the location bar, and conduct any required business there. 

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
9/10/2017 10:01:22 AM
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Re: Flimsy Argument
Although not "simple" or "easy", unfortunately there is only so much we can do.     How can we further be empowered may well be the ultimate sense of transformation.

On a crucial note, wanted to make sure I note that I am sure I speak for all as we are thinking about all in Irma's Path as it wrecks havoc On Florida.....

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batye
batye
9/10/2017 3:27:18 AM
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Re: Flimsy Argument
@mpouraryan Yes, I could not agree more, but it not easy or simple... 

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Michelle
Michelle
9/9/2017 7:00:50 PM
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Re: Flimsy Argument
I'm not a fan of the credit agencies either. I too have felt they have too much power and too much data.

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Michelle
Michelle
9/9/2017 6:59:47 PM
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Re: Flimsy Argument
I think the form was supposed to check against a database. There were many things wrong with that site. I hope people's information hasn't been compromised further by the sloppy set up...

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afwriter
afwriter
9/8/2017 11:00:44 PM
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Re: Yahoo Faces Litigation for Data Breaches
Unfortunately, major companies have not truly been held liable for anything over the past who knows how long. While I completely agree with you, I doubt that they are going to own up to their flaws any time soon. 

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