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It's about you

  • Equifax Lock & Alert Mobile App

    Lock your Equifax credit report to help better protect against identity theft.

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    Applying for credit? Simply click or swipe to unlock. Then relock again!

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    We’ll alert you each time your Equifax credit report is locked or unlocked.

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Why lock?

Locking your Equifax credit report is an effective way to help provide additional protection against unauthorized access, and help stop identity thieves from opening new accounts in your name.

Video: A Guide to Equifax® Lock & Alert™ [Duration- 1:11]

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It really is free!

Lock & Alert was created with a simple premise: that you should be able to conveniently control access to your Equifax credit report, for life, and for free. We believe that credit responsibility is important, and Lock & Alert helps put you on track.

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Our easy-to-use app puts control in your hands

The Lock & Alert app makes it convenient to lock and unlock your Equifax credit report.

Get the free Equifax Lock & Alert app:

  • Download Equifax Mobile App from iOS Store
  • Download Equifax Mobile App from Android Store

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Lock or freeze

Both a lock and a security freeze can help prevent unauthorized access to your Equifax credit report. The primary difference with Lock & Alert is you click or swipe to lock and unlock your credit report.¹

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What you need to know

A lock and a freeze have the same impact on your Equifax credit report, but they aren’t the same thing. Both generally prevent access to your Equifax credit report to open new credit accounts. A lock allows you to lock and unlock your Equifax credit report online or by mobile app. Placing, lifting or removing a security freeze can also be done online, but requires a PIN. Unless you temporarily lift or permanently remove a freeze, or unlock your Equifax credit report, it can’t be accessed to open new accounts (subject to certain exceptions). See more about exceptions below.

  • Security freezes (also known as credit freezes) prevent access to your Equifax credit report. Freezes are subject to regulation by each state. A security freeze must be lifted each time you apply for new credit, and temporarily lifting or permanently removing a freeze requires a PIN. In some states, you may pay a fee for placing, lifting, or removing a security freeze.
  • Credit report locks use identity verification techniques such as user names and passwords. With Lock & Alert, you can quickly lock or unlock your Equifax credit report using your smartphone or computer. No PIN is required, and there are no fees to lock or unlock your Equifax credit report.

Please note: If you have a security freeze on your Equifax credit report, you will need to remove it to use Lock & Alert to lock your Equifax credit report. If you have the PIN you received when the freeze was originally placed, you’ll be able to unfreeze your Equifax credit report and replace it with a lock during the Lock & Alert enrollment process.

 

Exceptions: Locking your Equifax credit report prevents access by potential creditors and lenders, but there are exceptions. These exceptions may include:

  • Companies like Equifax Global Consumer Solutions that provide you with access to your credit report or credit score or monitor your credit file
  • Companies you have an existing account or relationship with
  • Federal, state and local government agencies
  • Collection agencies acting on behalf of companies you owe
  • For fraud detection purposes
  • Companies that wish to make pre-approved offers of credit or insurance to you
  • Companies reviewing your application for employment

Equifax maintains consumers’ credit reports and provides information to certain customers, including credit card companies and lenders, so that they may offer pre-approved offers to consumers as permitted by law. Consumers that prefer not to receive such offers should visit www.optoutprescreen.com, or call toll free at 1-888-5-OPT OUT (or 1-888-567-8688). Consumers may also send an opt-out request in writing to Equifax Information Services LLC, P.O. Box 740123, Atlanta, GA 30374-0123. Consumers should include their complete name, full address, Social Security number, and signature. Equifax will remove the consumer’s name from its pre-approved offer database and share the request with the other two nationwide consumer reporting agencies

Locking your Equifax credit report will not prevent access to your credit file at any other credit reporting agency. Locking your Equifax credit report prevents access by potential creditors and lenders, but there are exceptions. These exceptions may include:

  • Companies like Equifax Global Consumer Solutions which provide you with access to your credit report or credit score or monitor your credit file
  • Companies you have an existing account or relationship with
  • Federal, state and local government agencies
  • Collection agencies acting on behalf of companies you owe
  • For fraud detection purposes
  • Companies that wish to make pre-approved offers of credit or insurance to you
  • Companies reviewing your application for employment

Equifax maintains consumers’ credit reports and provides information to certain customers, including credit card companies and lenders, so that they may offer pre-approved offers to consumers as permitted by law. Consumers that prefer not to receive such offers should visit www.optoutprescreen.com, or call toll free at 888-5-OPT OUT (or 888-567-8688). Consumers may also send an opt-out request in writing to Equifax Information Services LLC, P.O. Box 740123, Atlanta, GA 30374-0123. Consumers should include their complete name, full address, Social Security number, and signature. Equifax will remove the consumer’s name from its pre-approved offer database and share the request with the other two nationwide consumer reporting agencies

Locking your Equifax credit report is an effective tool you can use to help better protect against unauthorized access to your Equifax credit report and the unauthorized opening of new accounts in your name.

No, you can’t combine the two. The accounts will remain separate.

No. In order to sign up for Lock & Alert, you must be at least 18 years of age and have an Equifax credit report. Most minor children do not.

To cancel, please contact our Customer Care team at 888-548-7878, from 8 a.m. to midnight (ET), 7 days a week.

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  1. Locking your Equifax credit file will prevent access to it by certain third parties. Locking your Equifax credit file will not prevent access to your credit file at any other credit reporting agency. Entities that may still have access to your Equifax credit file include: companies like Equifax Global Consumer Solutions which provide you with access to your credit report or credit score, or monitor your credit file; federal, state, and local government agencies; companies reviewing your application for employment; companies that have a current account or relationship with you, and collection agencies acting on behalf of those whom you owe; for fraud detection purposes; and companies that wish to make pre-approved offers of credit or insurance to you. To opt out of such pre-approved offers, visit www.optoutprescreen.com.