Monitor credit scores? You might wish you had if you don’t

Feb 26, 2018
Most people say they care about credit card security. They just don’t take time to deal with it before it’s too late. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Millions of Americans still unaware of the Equifax data hack

Only a third of those who are aware have checked to see if their data was compromised.
Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee on October 3, 2017. Smith stepped down as CEO of Equifax last month after it was reported that hackers broke into the credit reporting agency and made off with the personal information of nearly 145 million Americans. 
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Fallen Equifax CEO faces congressional grilling

Oct 3, 2017
The former CEO of Equifax will spend much of this week testifying on Capitol Hill. Richard Smith is scheduled to appear before no less than four congressional committees, over three days. Lawmakers will be asking lots of questions about the…

Equifax offers data breach victims credit freeze facility

Sep 29, 2017
The interim CEO of Equifax penned an apology this week in the pages of the Wall Street Journal. He apologized for the company’s data breach and extended a consolation: free credit freezes for any affected consumers. How effective are credit…

We might not see the effects of the Equifax breach for years

Sep 20, 2017
"Next year, I might be affected. Twenty years from now, my kids might be affected. We don't know."
With so many areas of modern life requiring identity verification, online security remains a constant concern.
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How the Equifax hack could have been avoided

Sep 18, 2017
The breach might have been stopped with a system update. But it won't be the last big hack.
Internet security firms sometimes “spend weeks in sort of all-out war with hackers,” Lily Hay Newman says.
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Why do companies wait so long to tell us we've been hacked?

Sep 11, 2017
All but two states have laws governing disclosure, but there is a lot of wiggle room in the rules.
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Equifax hack calls into question its core competency. Will it recover?

Sep 8, 2017
Credit-rating agency Equifax has announced its computer systems were hacked from mid-May to late July and that personal data on as many as 143 million American consumers was compromised, including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses. CEO Richard…

Equifax's new credit program will take a deeper look at your payment history

Oct 4, 2016
Equifax CEO Richard Smith shares how the new method will work.
Equifax and Fannie Mae worked together on the new credit score program.
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