If you like most Americans, you probably rely on the internet to do everything from buying birthday presents and booking vacancies to managing your bank account and paying bills.
But for every transaction you make, you're trusting a company with some type of personal information. And even if you are not making purchases online yourself, most corporate systems are still connected to the internet. All this means that your personal data is likely to be stored in dozens, or maybe even hundreds, or online databases.
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What Does Your Credit Mean?
A credit free prevents potential lenders from accessing your credit information. This means that even if you have your personal information, you will be able to open a new fraudulent account (like a loan, credit card or bank account) in your name.
Here are some points to consider:
- It's a trusted and secure step. If you know you have been affected by a data breach, a credit freeze is a reliable way to prevent new accounts from being opened in your name. It takes some work, but it will give you an added layer of protection.
- It does not prevent all risks of financial loss. A credit freeze will prevent the opening or new accounts. But if someone has access to existing credit card or bank account information, a credit freeze won't help you. Be sure to take steps to protect your existing accounts. Regularly change your account passwords and cancel your financial statements for fraudulent charges. Check with your credit card provider or bank to see if they provide text or email notifications for questionable activity.
- It can slow things down. After freezing your credit, you have to temporarily lift it before applying for a new account, which can take a few days. It can also delay other transactions that routinely require a credit check, like applying for a new job or signing up for a new mobile phone plan.
- It's free. In 2018, congress passed a law that now requires all three major credit bureaus to offer credit freezes for free. But to completely free your credit, you need to apply with each desk individually.
- It can be done by phone or online. Call or submit your information online to Equifax Experian and TransUnion to request a credit freeze.
Identity Theft Recovery Support
A credit freeze is a great way to prevent someone from future abuse of your personal information. But in the event that your current accounts are compromised, it's helpful to have some support to get back to normal.
That's where Identity Theft Recovery Coverage from Erie Insurance comes in. This coverage is designed to help you restore your credit in the event of identity theft or fraud. You will also get help from your own dedicated case manager who'll walk you through the step-by-step process.
Better yet? The cost of Identity Theft Recovery Coverage is about $ 20 a year, and it can be added easily to ERIE® homeowners or interesters insurance policy. To get a quote, contact your local Erie Insurance agent .