TetraNitroCubane wrote: »
Super! Thanks for the information.
It made me pretty nervous to use my SSN to freeze my credit (three times, no less), but looking at the situation it really seems like the best option. There are plenty of people saying not to do it, but the best reason they give NOT to do it is "it won't matter". The extra bit of protection feels like it's a good idea to me, though.
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Mayabird wrote: »
So, anything additional we can do now that we've found out that the leak was even worse than we thought?
a5ehren wrote: »
You can also claim $25/hr for "time spent", and they don't require any documentation for up to 10 hours. It's...pretty easy to get another $250 from that.
Enc wrote: »
Looks like pennies, if anything. News is saying the amount of people filing has so over-whelmed the expectation that the returns are going to be next to nothing.
The FTC wrote:
The option to obtain reimbursement for alternative credit monitoring, as set forth originally in the class action settlement, was never intended to be a cash payout for all affected consumers
The FTC wrote:
The free credit monitoring is worth a lot more than the cash reimbursement alternative. The market value would be hundreds of dollars a year.
Mugsley wrote: »
Oh, it goes deeper. By signing up for monitoring, you also agree to arbitration, and you allow them to sell your data (again?).