Credit reporting firm Equifax says data breach could potentially affect 143 million US consumers.

Equifax, which supplies credit information and other information services, said Thursday that a data breach could have potentially affected 143 million consumers in the United States. The population of the U.S. was about 324 million as of Jan. 1, 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which means the Equifax incident affects a huge portion of the United States. Equifax said it discovered the breach on July 29. “Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files,” the company said.

Equifax has set up a tool to see if your personal information may have been accessed.

Equifax Tool:

After filling out some personal information on the form, you will get a message indicating whether your personal information may have been impacted by the incident. Regardless of whether your information may have been impacted, Equifax is providing you the option to enroll in “TrustedID Premier” identity theft protection and credit file monitoring service.

In the meantime, be safe out there. And don’t be clicking on any links that you don’t know of for the rest of the week. If you suspect your infected. Do me a favor… turn off the computer or unplug from the wall ASAP! and contact CCI Tech Support.

Additional considerations for business include the following: Don’t give administrative privileges to your user accounts. Privileged accounts can “reach out” much further and more destructively both on your own hard disk and across the network. Malware that runs as administrator can do much more damage, and be much harder to get rid of, than malware running as a regular user.

Make sure all users are aware of this danger, trained in response and know to not open suspicious attachments. Here at COMP-Connection, Inc. we pledge to keep you protected and informed about the latest issues. Your peace of mind is our number one priority.

Questions about this event?

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