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Earlier today, since I was home sick, I decided to activate my free identity theft protection:
Here is a link to the press release:
You may recall I wrote about this recently, sharing the breach of confidential data for 1.3 million educators and employees in Texas schools. After setting my mobile phone on redial–using a free Android app I downloaded for that purpose–I was finally able to through on the phone to complain that my 82-year old mother couldn’t get her account setup.
It may only be free for a year, but it can’t hurt to take advantage of it for that period of time. Then individuals can decide if they think it is worth continuing to pay for.
However… I think ultimately the state will be paying for us to monitor our credit for the foreseeable future. Sadly, it may take someone’s information being misused, but the first time that happens and it can be traced back to this fiasco, all heck is going to break loose.
Some additional information I gleaned from txsafeguard.org this morning – basically anyone who was in the TRS system active, retired, or otherwise, prior to January 2010 is at risk. Here is their list of
whose data was compromised: http://www.txsafeguard.org/data_grid.php
Just because you did not get a letter does not mean you are safe. It is my understanding that the letters were mailed at a bulk rate, and letters mailed this way cannot be forwarded. I heard a postal carrier on local radio say they had trashed hundreds of the letters that could not be forwarded.
I encourage everyone to visit www.txsafeguard.org, educate yourself, and sign up for their email updates on the situation. Also, even if you did not get a letter, call the toll free number at 1-855-474-2065 to confirm that you were not affected.
And share with anyone you know who works for or has EVER worked for a Texas school district!
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