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Here’s how to check if you were impacted by the Equifax breach

About 143 million people had their Social Security numbers and other sensitive information stolen from credit monitoring company Equifax.

The company said Thursday that someone exploited a website application to access files between mid-May and July 2017, leaving many vulnerable to identify theft.

To check if you’ve been a victim of the breach, you can enter your partial Social Security number on a website set up by Equifax.

The issue has been contained, the company reported. Equifax recommends consumers be vigilant in reviewing their statements and credit reports, and to report any suspicious activity.

After the breach, Equifax is offering one year of complimentary service with TrustedID Premier, which includes credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. The offer to sign up comes after you enter your information on Equifax’s website to monitor the breach. You can use this service even if you aren’t an Equifax customer.