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Jan 10, 2014

How to deal with Target’s data breach

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The number of people affected by Target’s data breach during the holiday season is now expected to be least 70 million, up from the company’s original estimate of 40 million. That means many more people need to assess their credit and debit card security.

Late last year, Target reported that thieves stole cardholder names, card numbers and three-digit security codes between November 27 and December 15, and that information could be used at any point to commit fraud. Now the retailer says additional personal information was stolen, including email addresses and phone numbers.

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What to expect if your kid is flying solo

Dec 23 (Reuters) – When Tim Leffel was looking for the best
way to get his 12-year-old daughter, Alina, from Tampa to her
grandmother’s home in Virginia earlier this year, he was
astounded by the fees airlines were charging to put an
unaccompanied minor on board.

When he found out that United Airlines was going to charge
him $150 each way just to take his daughter, Leffel, author of
“Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune,” changed his
approach.

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How to handle Target’s data breach

19 (Reuters) – If you think yours was one of the 40
million credit or debit cards involved in a data breach at
Target, security experts recommend a policy of watching
and waiting: Watch the account you used at the retailer on a
daily basis, and wait, because there’s no telling when it will
be tapped by thieves.

With the information that was obtained in the data breach
between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 – cardholder names, card numbers and
the three-digit security codes – crooks can use them for online
transactions or manufacture duplicate cards.

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