We have updated our Resource Page on Security Freezes. A security freeze is a little-known but important tool to help fight identity theft problems. A security freeze (sometimes called a credit freeze) lets you stop the disclosure of your credit report by a credit bureau. Currently, the three credit bureaus are allowing all consumers nationwide to set a security freeze for a fee. Some state laws allow for free security freezes. More …
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A credit freeze (sometimes called a security freeze) lets you stop the disclosure of your credit report by a credit bureau. Currently, the three credit bureaus are allowing all consumers nationwide to set a security freeze for a fee. Some states have specific security freeze laws; a list of states with security freeze laws may be found below. However, even if you live in a state without a security freeze law, you can still set a security freeze.
Consumer resource — We have updated the World Privacy Forum’s state-by-state guide on how to place a credit, or security, freeze. Only a few states are lacking a security or credit freeze law now.
Security freeze — More than 45 states now have credit freeze laws, sometimes called security freeze laws. The World Privacy Forum security freeze page discusses what a security freeze is, who can place a freeze, and is newly updated with links to state-by-state laws and when available, tips for consumers from the relevant Attorney General web site.