Safeguarding Your Personal Information in the Aftermath
In a troubling disclosure, Comcast revealed yesterday that a data breach has affected a staggering 36 million Xfinity customers. The breach exposed sensitive information, including usernames and hashed passwords. For certain customers, the compromised data extends to include names, contact details, the last four digits of Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and secret questions and answers.
In response to the breach, Xfinity is urging affected customers to reset their passwords promptly. Furthermore, the company is strongly recommending the implementation of two-factor or multi-factor authentication to fortify account security.
“While Xfinity cautions against password reuse, the company is advising customers to change passwords for other accounts where the same username and password or security question is utilized,” stated the company in a communication to its customer base.
To facilitate customer support and information dissemination, Xfinity has established a toll-free 24/7 call center at 888-799-2560. Additionally, customers can find more details on the incident at www.xfinity.com/dataincident.
While credit card information does not appear to have been compromised, the stolen personal data may grant hackers access to other accounts or enable identity theft for malicious purposes. To mitigate these risks, freezing credit reports with the major credit bureaus—Experian, Equifax, and Transunion—is advised. This precautionary step, easily executed online, ensures that your credit score remains unaffected. When applying for new loans or credit accounts, thawing your credit reports is a quick and straightforward process.
For your convenience, here are links to freeze your credit at each of the three credit bureaus:
Freeze your credit at Experian
Freeze your credit at Equifax
Freeze your credit at Transunion
In the unfortunate event that you suspect identity theft, the Identity Theft Resource Center stands ready to assist. Visit the ITRC website at www.idtheftcenter.org to access valuable resources and guidance.
As we collectively navigate this challenging situation, proactive measures are crucial to safeguarding our personal information. Stay vigilant, secure your accounts, and empower yourself against the potential repercussions of this data breach.