Massive data breaches are becoming common nowadays. A few days after the massive Equifax data breach settlement news broke out, Capital One reported that sensitive information of roughly 100 million consumers in the U.S. has been compromised. As someone planning to buy a home, it is critical that you know if you’re affected by such breaches, especially if you’re applying for a mortgage.
Millennials who have plans on becoming a homeowner in a couple of years from now should work hard to improve their credit scores. While credit score provider FICO recently revealed that the median score is now pegged at 706, most millennials only have an average score of 668, which means many have “poor credit.” There are easy ways millennials can do to start improving their credit scores.
The recent Equifax global settlement in connection to a massive data breach, only proves that identity theft is almost impossible to avoid. As security information experts continuously work hard to protect our sensitive information, cybercriminals also work double-time to find security loopholes to steal our information. Although it’s almost impossible to avoid identity theft and fraud, there are steps we can do to reduce its risks.
As you work through the homebuying and loan application process, be aware that large financial transactions, such as a home purchase, can make you a target for fraud. It’s important to know how to protect yourself against identity theft and other types of fraud. Scammers may pose as third-party companies and attempt to appear as though they are involved with your transaction. Here are some recommendations to keep your information safe when transferring funds for a large real estate purchase:
If you are concerned about protecting your financial information from identity theft and data breaches, it’s important to know your options. While credit monitoring and fraud alerts indicate suspicious activity and provide added security, they may not offer enough protection. Placing a freeze on your credit (also known as a security freeze) can add an extra layer of protection against criminal activity. Here’s what you need to know: