If you are considering Equifax’s offer of free credit monitoring after its breach was announced, you need to sign up by Jan. 31, 2018. Maybe you tried earlier but had trouble getting through. Or maybe you just put off the decision. Whatever the reason, if you want it, the time is now.
Until Jan. 31, anyone with a Social Security number can sign up for one year of free credit monitoring at equifaxsecurity2017.com. You don’t need to be a victim of the Equifax breach, according to a release by the Federal Trade Commission.
Equifax’s TrustedID credit monitoring covers all three major nationwide credit reporting agencies — Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. If any suspicious activity appears on your credit report, you will receive an alert. The free services also include a copy of your Equifax credit report, Social Security number monitoring, and identity theft insurance. Plus, for a year, you can lock and unlock your Equifax credit file for free. Credit locks help limit access to your credit file by identity thieves trying to open new accounts. You need to get locks with all three credit reporting agencies for them to be effective.
According to Equifax’s website, the enrollment period for free credit monitoring ends Jan. 31. Starting Jan. 31, it will offer a free lock-for-life product that will allow you to lock and unlock your credit file, at no cost, from a mobile phone or computer. Equifax hasn’t announced the details yet. So, if you want to know more, check Equifax’s website after Jan. 31.
If you are still unsure of what you need to do, check out the FTC’s article on identity theft protection services and FAQs on fraud alerts, credit freezes and credit locks. IF you are still having trouble getting through to sign up for Equifax’s free credit monitoring, please report your difficulties to the FTC.