Sep 9, 2017

What to do next after Equifax's security breach

A customer inserts a credit card to buy gas in Haverhill, Mass. Photo: Elise Amendola/AP

Equifax reported on Thursday that their system had been breached, putting approximately 143 million U.S. customers at risk. Since then, they have had to help customers decipher if they were impacted or not, which according to the New York Times, they've failed at.

Equifax is also allowing free credit morning for all Americans for a year, but as the NYT points out, "this protection is incomplete."

So, here's what to do next, per the NYT:

  • Sign up for a permanent freezes on your credit files: This will keep the information thief from applying for credit in your name, and can be unfrozen using a personal identification number.
  • Sign up for fraud alerts: You will be alerted by creditors if anyone tries to open an account in your name.
  • Review your credit report regularly: NYT suggests checking your report here for extra security.

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Trump hits back at Mattis: "I gave him a new life"

President Trump speaks at the White House. Photo: Doug Mills - Pool/Getty Images

President Trump unloaded on his former defense secretary via Twitter on Wednesday, hours after James Mattis condemned him for making a "mockery of our Constitution" in his response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

What he's saying: "Probably the only thing Barack Obama & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. His nickname was 'Chaos', which I didn’t like, & changed it to 'Mad Dog'"

Obama praises young protesters, urges mayors to pursue police reforms

Former President Barack Obama called on all mayors to review their use-of-force policies and commit to policing reform in a virtual town hall Wednesday hosted by the Obama Foundation's My Brothers Keepers Alliance.

Why it matters: Obama has addressed the killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that followed on social media and in a Medium post, but this was his first time speaking about the past week's events on camera. His voice will add weight to the growing pressure on local, state and federal officials to pursue policing reforms.

James Mattis condemns Trump as a threat to the Constitution

Mattis on Fox in Septemnber 2019 in New York City. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis condemned President Trump for making a "mockery of our Constitution" in a statement to The Atlantic on Wednesday, saying he was "appalled" at the president's response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

Why it matters: Trump’s former defense secretary had refrained from publicly criticizing his former boss since resigning in 2018.