In this bonus episode, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®, talks about what you should do to protect yourself from the Equifax hack. Be sure to listen to Lynnette's episode: IM 006: An Entrepreneur’s Journey From Journalist to The Money Coach | Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

Guest Biography

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach® , is a personal finance expert, television and radio personality, and the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom. Lynnette once had $100,000 in credit card debt, before paying it all off in three years and turning her financial life around. Since then, she has appeared on such national TV programs as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, The Tyra Banks Show and Good Morning America sharing her success story and teaching millions about proper money management and how to get out of debt and eliminate their debt. Lynnette, an award-winning financial news journalist and former Wall Street Journal reporter for CNBC, has also been featured in top newspapers including the Washington Post, USA Today, and the New York Times, as well as magazines ranging from Essence and Redbook to Black Enterprise and Smart Money. She can frequently be seen as a guest commentator on CNN, FOX Business Network and MSNBC. Ask Lynnette any personal finance question by visiting her answer blog at™ was launched in 2003 by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox and her husband Earl Cox. It serves as the the official web site and social media portal for Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®.

Show notes:


In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why the Equifax hack puts you at greater risk than other hacks.
  • What Lynnette is telling consumers to do to protect themselves.
  • Why you should consider placing a security/credit freeze on your credit reports.
  • How to place a credit freeze at the three national credit reporting companies.
  • Other valuable websites and resources for monitoring your credit.

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Have you taken steps to protect your identity and credit? Why or why not?