Batesville, In.— Officials from Equifax say as many as 143 million American may have lost personal information in data breach recently. Reports indicate hackers were able to get driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, birth dates, dispute documents, personal identifying information and in some cases even credit card numbers.There are steps to take to help protect your information from being misused. Visit Equifax’s website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.Find out if your information was exposed. Click on the “Potential Impact” tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. Your Social Security number is sensitive information, so make sure you’re on a secure computerand an encrypted network connection any time you enter it. The site will tell you if you’ve been affected by this breach.Whether or not your information was exposed, U.S. consumers can get a year of free credit monitoring and other services. The site will give you a date when you can come back to enroll. Write down the date and come back to the site and click “Enroll” on that date. You have until November 21, 2017 to enroll.You also can access frequently asked questionsat the site.Here are some other steps to take to help protect yourself after a data breach:Check your credit reportsfrom Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — for free — by visiting com. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. Visit IdentityTheft.gov to find out what to do.Consider placing a credit freezeon your files. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closelyfor charges you don’t recognize.If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alerton your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.File your taxes early— as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS.Indiana attorney general Curtis Hill estimates 3.8 million Hoosiers may have been compromised.