On Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver expressed his outrage at the gross incompetence that led to the consumer credit reporting agency’s cybersecurity breach in July. About 145 million people’s private information was stolen over the summer, and while it’s possible to have already had your identity stolen, Oliver offered some useful advice regarding how to protect yourself from being further affected.

The HBO show’s Twitter account also broadcast links on where to freeze your credit at the three major credit reporting agencies and posted them on a website it created for this purpose as well as to prove Equifax’s continued mishandling of the incident.

And if you don’t feel better after all those clicks (which is likely), you can take a page out of Oliver’s book and bang a desk really hard with packets of rolled up paper.

— Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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