Equifax Data Breach Hit Me: Here's How I Protect Myself Now

A financial professional who once paid Equifax to monitor his own personal information outlines the four-step plan he now uses instead to guard his identity, Social Security number and finances from cybercriminals.

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As a wealth adviser, I usually write about topics like preparing for retirement, helping your kids fly the nest and making better investment decisions. But in light of the recent Equifax hack, along with similar hacks at Target, Yahoo and others — and the common misperceptions about them — I think it’s important to tackle another issue: the steps you can take to protect your wealth in the digital age.

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Bradford M. Pine
Wealth Adviser, Bradford Pine Wealth Group

Brad Pine is a wealth adviser and president of Bradford Pine Wealth Group, based in Garden City, N.Y. BP Wealth Group assists individuals and entrepreneurs to create wealth, simplify their lives and plan for retirement. Honesty, integrity and reliability are the foundations of Pine's investment philosophy.