So Long, Free Credit Monitoring
Were you one of the nearly 148 million consumers affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach? You may have taken advantage of Equifax’s free one-year offer of their TrustedID Premier service, extended to all affected consumers.
TrustedID Premier allowed consumers to lock their Equifax credit report, provided identity theft insurance, provided copies of their Equifax report and monitoring services for all three credit reporting agencies (including Experian and TransUnion), and checked the Internet for misuse of their Social Security numbers.
We use the past tense because the free service expired at the end of January. Any lock that Equifax applied as part of the service is now removed.
Unfortunately, while the service has expired, the threat has not. Identity thieves can strike years after the original br…