248-thousand people in North Dakota affected by Equifax data breach

The personal financial information for about 143 million Americans has been breached. We found out last week that the credit monitoring company Equifax had data stolen by hackers.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says Equifax told his office 248 thousand people in the state have had their data stolen.

When you subtract the number of children from the population, Stenehjem says its roughly 45 percent of the adults in the state. Equifax has offered free credit monitoring for 12 months for those whose information has been breached but Stenehjem says that’s not enough to protect you.

“You can sign up with each of the three credit agencies and require that they freeze, that is not give information from your account to any potential creditor,” said Stenehjem.

Stenehjem says a credit freeze with the primary credit reporting cost 5 dollars with each but is well worth the safety of protecting your finances.

If you want to see if you have been impacted by the data breach please visit https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/

You will need to enter your last name and the last 6 digits of your social security number.