Adding freezes to your credit reports is an appropriate response to the massive Equifax database breach that exposed the private information of 143 million Americans. Don’t make the mistake of thinking those freezes will keep you safe, however. Credit freezes lock down your credit reports in a way that should prevent “new account fraud,” or bogus accounts being opened in your name.
If you expect to get Social Security, this is the one thing you need to do in the aftermath of the Equifax data breach
The financial exploitation of seniors is already a problem. And now with the massive data breach by Equifax, it’s just one more thing to concern the elderly. Many people are scrambling trying to put in place credit freezes to prevent identity thieves from opening up credit in their name.