Place a security/credit freeze
You can and should put a security freeze on your credit report. You have to do this with each credit agency. You can call or do it online:
It doesn't take very long but some people have reported that the credit agency websites are having trouble keeping up with demand because they never had so many people rushing to place credit freezes before. I didn't have any problems myself and had it done within 10-15 minutes tops. Just be sure to keep your PIN in a safe place because you will need it to lift the freeze.
Keep in mind that if you need a new credit card or mortgage, the application will likely get rejected because they can't see your credit report. Therefore you will have to lift the freeze entirely or place a temporary lift to give a specific party access or for a certain amount of time. This can take some time to process so you will have to plan ahead.
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