Having good credit along with the gold plated credit card has been a good thing. The gold card gets you privileges and access to the goods things in life, "I really have arrived"! Assuming your credit is good and has not been affected by the recession, how safe is your credit card # and data?
Based on various large security breaches, such as the infamous Heartland breach, it time to improve credit card security.
To improve the safety of consumer credit card data, Ma has implemented The Massachusetts Data Protection Law which required companies to take additional steps to secure data. These measure help in Ma, but does not solve the problem of credit card theft.
After the Heartland security breach, the House introduced the Data Breach Notification Act. The law requires persons engaged in interstate commerce and in possession of sensitive data to disclose breach of such information.
What can be done to improve credit card security? Many other countries outside the US have implemented smart card technology. The US government must at some point, mandate credit card companies to implement smart cards. Smart card technology could have helped prevent the Heartland breach, where intruders hacked into systems used to process millions of card transactions affecting 100,000 of merchants. To prevent the data from being compromised, smart cards generate one time response to financial transaction requests from banks, so the data stream is good for one transaction.
Implementing smart cards is a must, and transferring the liability to credit card issuers from merchants can discourage or prevent fraud. Culpability for fraud should be determine by the courts thus giving credit card companies the incentive to implement smart cards and chip and pin technologies.
Consumers need to be responsible consumers, keep your computer security up to date, and check for virus / malware on a regular basis. Checking your credit card statements and credit reports is advisable. Enjoy your well earned privileges, live large.