Equifax has decided not to anger 143 million Americans any further by charging them to protect themselves from its massive data breach

The credit-monitoring company, facing a flood of complaints about its handling of the breach, bowed to public pressure Tuesday and said it would drop fees until Nov. 21 for people seeking to freeze their credit reports, the New York Times reports. 

Experts have suggested that people affected by the breach consider freezing their credit files, which would prevent thieves from using stolen information to get loans and credit cards in their names, the AP reports. Consumers have also been advised to closely monitor their credit reports for a long time to come.

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