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Nine Ways Hackers Will Use Your Personal Information

19 April 2019

We were in the studio for a conversation with Karen Poff, Senior Extension Agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension Office. Karen is a regular guest on the show to talk about financial management programs through Northern Shenandoah Valley Financial Education Program.

Today, we talked about life after the Equifax breach. The Equifax data breach forever changed the landscape of consumer data protection. For consumers, it was the first time that a breach exposed at one time essentially all the components an identity thief needs to commit a variety of crimes. Because the hacked information included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some instances, driver’s license numbers, the steps recommended for consumers to protect themselves were no longer easy or quick. To see if you were impacted, click here: www.equifaxsecurity2017.com (Equifax Security Breach Site)

We talked about the nine ways hackers can use your personal information and steps you can take to safeguard your information. Karen also told us about resources available to both victims of identity theft and those who suspect it has happened to them. You can download her article that we referenced throughout the show here: Life After the Equifax Breach AFCPE Blog Article, Revised 9-26-18. The article also includes links to all the resources we discussed.

For more information, you can contact Karen via email to: kpoff@vt.edu

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