What is a security freeze?

A security freeze is one step you can take to help prevent access to your Equifax credit report to open new credit accounts, with certain exceptions.  

Security freezes are federally regulated, and a security freeze must be temporarily lifted or permanently removed each time you apply for new credit. Click here to learn more about how to place, temporarily lift, or permanently remove a security freeze on your Equifax credit report.

Placing, temporarily lifting and permanently removing a security freeze (also known as a credit freeze) on your credit reports is free. To place a freeze on your Equifax credit report, create a myEquifax account, call (888) 298-0045, or send a written request via U.S. mail. Download this form for mailing instructions.

To freeze your credit reports at the other two nationwide credit bureaus, you will need to contact Experian (www.experian.com/freeze) and TransUnion (freeze.transunion.com).

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