Top state consumer advocate talks Equifax breach

Indianapolis, In. — The top consumer advocate in Indiana says up to 3.8 million Hoosiers had personal information compromised in the Equifax data breach. Consumer Protection Division director Betsy Isenberg says it’s up to residents to take steps to protect their information.

Consumers can complete an Equifax security freeze here or access the state website to place a “freeze” on credit here. Using the “freeze” option does not protect your personal information but will protect your credit if someone tries to access it.

Isenberg urges consumers to limit shopping online while using a public Wi-Fi can increase your risk of being compromised. She also says great care should be used when sharing personal information online.

Equifax has changed the terms of service post-breach, the terms now says the non-arbitration agreement applies to credit monitoring only, not to the breach.