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How to protect yourself after the Equifax breach: Assume you’re affected

To protect yourself in the wake of the Equifax data breach, presume the worst.

“The first assumption a consumer should make is that they are affected,” said Neal Creighton, chief executive of security firm CounterTack.

Equifax announced late Thursday that it had suffered a breach potentially affecting 143 million U.S. consumers.

(For perspective, the entire U.S. population in July 2016 was roughly 323 million, according to Census Bureau data. That includes more than 249 million people over age 18 — i.e., those most likely to have a credit file.)

“That’s significantly over half of the U.S. adult population that probably had their information taken,” said Ryan O’Leary, vice president of the Threat Research Center at WhiteHat Security.

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