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Protect Your Credit

October 20, 2017

The Bad News

Nearly half the population of the United States has recently had their personal information stolen from one of the three major credit bureaus. To ensure you are focused on the most important  actions you can take to protect your credit and protect you against identity theft, we’ve provided this guidance. Please take the time to read the federal government’s help at the Federal Trade Commission web site.  Go now. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. 

The Good News

The short version of the FTC guidance: 

One of the things I would recommend, in addition to the fine guidance given by the FTC, is to go create an account on the Social Security Administration web site if you haven’t already. If you have put a credit freeze on your accounts already, you will either need to lift that freeze temporarily or go in person to your local SSA office. In addition, you might want to learn more about how credit bureaus work. You can look at a great article that covers what credit bureaus do and what they gather on you.