How to Protect Yourself from the Equifax Breach


Dear Bank of Montana Family and Friends,

If you are not already aware, Equifax announced on September 7, 2017 a cybersecurity breach to their system.  This breach has the potential to impact a reported 143 million U.S. consumers.  Hackers obtained Social Security Numbers, driver’s license numbers, names, addresses, birth dates, credit card numbers, and other personal information.

Are you one of the 143 million consumers affected by this? Most likely.  If you have a credit report (credit card, mortgage, car loan, student loan, etc.), there is a good chance you are one of the 143 million consumers.

Here are the 3 steps we recommend you take as soon as possible:

  1. Sign up for a credit monitoring service of your choice.
  2. Freeze your credit.
  3. Monitor your bank accounts and credit cards.

You can also monitor your credit by visiting to pull a free credit report ever year.

If you do freeze your credit, you will need to remember to unfreeze it for period of time to allow your credit to be pulled when applying for a loan, credit card, etc.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or anyone else at Bank of Montana at 406-829-2662.


Emilie Quade

Chief Operations Officer and Information Security Officer



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