Update to post:
Check eligibility here: https://eligibility.equifaxbreach...ligibility
File a claim here: https://www.equifaxbreachsettleme...le-a-claim
edit 8/8/19: It may be best to NOT claim the $125 payout, as basic math shows that likely no one will get $125 for the basic claim. I personally do not agree that signing up for credit monitoring provided by the guilty party is a good option either. Most of us have this already, whether paid through a more trusted source, or free with credit card. The best may be to opt out of the class, as you can then sue them in the future should you find your information was then used for identity theft or something else, and then sue them in court of law to have all losses covered - not this $125 or less gambit.
Register with FTC now, to get an alert when the settlement is finalized.
edit: You can also reach this govdelivery.com signup via government pages by clicking here: https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/c...settlement . Then click "Equifax Data Breach Settlement: What You Should Know", then "sign up to get FTC email updates", and it sends you to the same govdelivery I first linked (provided by government contractor Granicus).
Or read all 554 pages of the Settlement here [nyt.com]
I'm expecting to get an email with final signup in next 6 months or so, and a check in a year? Curious if they'll have a validation to confirm all your personal info like SSN, home address, mother's maiden name, to let me pass that across the web to them one more time to test their better than ever upgrades.
But with 147 million people impacted, and Equifax potentially covering up to $20,000 per person, it might be worth signing up to finally get something back from these we entrust with something extremely valuable to each of us, which seems like it's only good for one company to sell to another.
Especially when, as according to Congress after their investigations, this breach was "entirely preventable".