The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update


December 28, 2013

Editorial: Target breach exposes dangers of credit card age


In the days since the announcement, Target has done a better job in setting things right, giving card holders detailed instructions of what they should do and plenty of options for resolving suspicious charges.

Financial institutions, including at least one local bank, have also been quick to provide excellent customer service, realizing what a delicate matter canceling cards, and thus cutting off access to funds, can be.

The entire matter is a lesson in the dangers of the credit card age — and a good reminder that carrying cash may not be such a bad thing.

In summary Target's response to the data breach that made its customers vulnerable should have come sooner, and the company should have been more prepared.

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