6 Ways to Help Protect Your Information

As it has been widely reported, the data breach recently announced by Equifax, one of the three largest consumer credit reporting agencies, may have exposed the information of 143 million consumers in the United States, including their names, Social Security numbers, birthdates and some driver’s license numbers.

Data security is an industry-wide challenge that evolves daily, and it is important for consumers everywhere to remain vigilant. In addition to the free resources that Equifax has made available, there are other steps that you can take to stay informed and protect your information.

  1. Learn if you were impacted by the breach using this tool offered by Equifax.
  2. Monitor your credit report, bank accounts and credit card statements.  Never click on links in emails from unknown sources or provide personal non-public information on any website or over the phone.
  3. Sign up for complimentary identity theft protection and credit file monitoring. Regardless of whether or not you were impacted, Equifax is offering the free service to all consumers.
  4. Obtain your free credit report once every 12 months. Visit www.AnnualCreditReport.com or call 877.322.8228.
  5. Sign up for text or email alerts offered by Sandy Spring Bank to warn of suspicious activity on your accounts.
  6. Visit the Equifax website for updated consumer information.

At Sandy Spring Bank, we understand the importance of privacy and security, and we consistently take measures to protect our clients’ personal and confidential information. If you suspect fraud, unauthorized or suspicious activity on you accounts, please call our Client Service Center at 800.399.5919 and press option 2.