Credit Security Freeze, by Jeff Whitehead

With the startling revelation that consumer information was hacked from EquiFax, consumers would be well-advised to investigate if their information is some of the information stolen.

Depending on the state of your residence, you are also able to request a security freeze. http://www.ncsl.org/research/financial-services-and-commerce/consumer-report-security-freeze-state-statutes.aspx

Nevada allows any consumer; New York allows any consumer, including a protected consumer. Utah by comparison requires a consumer to suffer identity theft.

The comedian John Oliver has done a piece on EquiFax which is quite illuminating, depending upon your taste in comedy and caustic satire.

In any event, there is help and future legal action against EquiFax may also yield some benefits for aggrieved consumers.