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Deadline to register for credit monitoring approaching

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Sunday is the deadline to register with Experian to receive free credit monitoring as a result of the breach at the state's Department of Revenue. The DOR data breach team will be working long hours.

"They'll stay on, do whatever to make certain that the people who haven't signed up have all the help to do that," said Revenue Director Bill Blume.

Just over 1 million people have enrolled, just a third of the 3.8 million adults and another 3 million dependents affected, better than expected.   

According to the DOR, as many as 60 people say their identity was compromised as a result of the hack last fall.  While the cases haven't been verified, officials are encouraging South Carolinians to take steps to protect themselves.

The Department of Consumer Affairs knows some people hesitate to release any more personal information.

"We're glad people are on guard and protecting that, but it doesn't mean you don't even give it out to anybody," said Carri Grube Lybarker with the Department of Consumer Affairs. "Just make sure you're giving it to a trusted source. You know what their privacy policies are, you know how they're going to protect that information."

The enrollment provides a free credit report, monitoring, fraud resolution, and a million dollars in identity theft insurance to cover certain costs if compromised. At the DOR there have also been significant changes, including a new motto.

"Security of non-negotiable," said Blume. "I think that's easy to say, but the fact is we're going to weigh whether we do something from an information technology side against what that may cause from a security side and both of them are going to be taken into consideration."

Encryption of your personal information continues and the two factor identification process is complete. Employees have also been cautioned about emails they may receive.

"We're trying to teach them that there are things you can do before you start opening those that will prevent that malicious attack on the system," said Blume.

They encourage more to take advantage of the credit protection the state's offered through Experian. 

Click here to enroll in the free credit protection.

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