Viewers ‘Turn to Tara’ on how to protect private data

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A "Turn to Tara" investigation that aired last week about the handling of the Equifax data breach had dozens of viewers reaching out requesting more information on how to protect their private information.

After News 12 took a closer look at the website Equifax created to let people know if their data was compromised, one retired couple from New City wasted no time to head online. They received news that their accounts could be compromised.

The same frustration is being felt all over the country. A total of 143 million Americans were impacted by the hack. Dozens of people called and emailed the station over the past week asking for tips on how to keep their Social Security numbers and other private information out of the hands of scammers.

News 12 did research and found out the best line of defense is to sign up for a credit freeze with the major agencies. This would stop any loans or services from being approved without your knowledge.

Currently, the fees range up to $10, but that could change thanks to new legislation proposed by Sen. David Carlucci that would require agencies to waive their fees.

Those who place a freeze on their accounts will not be able to open any new credit cards or loans. The accounts can be unfreezed in three business days.

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