If you don’t like how careless Equifax was with your data, don’t waste your breath complaining to Equifax. Complain to your government.
Three (indirect) things you can do about it
There are a few steps you can take to help keep an Equifax event happening to you on a personal device level:
Close the window. While you can’t prevent all of the data collection that companies like Equifax do, you CAN close the window on many other trackers. To shut out trackers, use an adblocker such as the one in our Browser Safety extensions.
Stay updated. It seems that Equifax opened the door to hackers by not staying fully updated. Keep your collection of devices up to date with the free Avira Software Updater.
Change that password. Researchers have discovered that an Equifax password protecting customer details in one country was a simple “admin/admin.” That is bad for big companies and it is also bad for you. Change that password please and, better yet, get a password manager to help you do this more easily.
As a PR Consultant and journalist, Frink has covered IT security issues for a number of security software firms, as well as provided reviews and insight on the beer and automotive industries (but usually not at the same time). Otherwise, he’s known for making a great bowl of popcorn and extraordinary messes in a kitchen.