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Experts offer tips for securing information

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You can call the three credit bureaus to request a security freeze on your credit reports.

Data breaches have unfortunately become all too common in today’s increasingly digital world.

To protect your financial information, security experts offer these tips:

  • Get a copy of your credit report immediately and review recent activity. You can request a free report through, if you haven’t already done so.
  • Consider signing up for free credit monitoring so you’ll be alerted to changes in your credit report.
  • Continually monitor your financial accounts and change passwords regularly.
  • File your income taxes immediately.

Experts also suggest you consider placing a security freeze on your credit reports. This will prevent someone from opening credit in your name without a PIN that you create.

Depending on your state, there may be a nominal fee to place the freeze and to lift it in order for future employers or creditors to access your credit report.

You’ll need to contact all three credit bureaus: Experian (888-397-3742), TransUnion (888-909-8872) and Equifax (800-349-9960).

The CyberSafe at USPS sites on Blue and LiteBlue and have more tips and information.

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