Credit monitoring? Identity theft protection? Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just encrypt the data?
December 29, 2011 4:06 PM Subscribe
A few months ago, SAIC lost a backup tape with the names, social security numbers, addresses, and medical treatment information of roughly 5 million TRICARE patients in the San Antonio, TX area between 1992 and 2011. My name was amongst them, and I'm being offered a year of "credit monitoring and restoration services" as compensation. Are there any downsides to taking it? Any real upsides?
posted by SemiSophos to Work & Money (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
TRICARE's FAQ on the breach is at tricare.mil/breach/
, and the credit monitoring is being offered through Kroll Fraud Solutions
I'm a debt-free young adult with good credit, and I don't anticipate needing significant loans or financing for the next few years. I make a point to pull a report from annualcreditreport.com
every six months, but beyond that, I don't have any experience with credit monitoring.
Are there any downsides to taking the offer, such as weird side-effects that could lower my credit score? On the other hand, are there any real upsides to accepting the offer? My records would have been from roughly 15-18 years ago, when I was still in grade school.