Target has provided a free Protect My ID membership in light of the recent data breach security issue. This is an attempt by Target to help stop the filing of class action lawsuits in the opinion of many experts in the field. The data breach took place in December of 2013 when criminals obtained Target customers credit and debit card information online along with customer names, mailing addresses, email addresses and even personal phone numbers. In light of this breach Target has further stepped up security by creating a chip-enabled technology in Target stores and on our Target REDcards that are expected to be implemented by early 2015. These “smartcards” have tiny microprocessor chips that encrypt the personal data shared with the sales terminals used by merchants making it more difficult to steal data. The United Kingdom have been using this smartcard technology since 2004 and has seen financial losses associated with credit card theft drop by 67%.
Target and Protect My ID have teamed up to help the customers who were effected by the breach. Redeem your complimentary membership to ProtectMyID Alert and you will receive daily credit monitoring service, $1 million dollar ID theft insurance policy and a Fraud ID agent in the even of any further fraud issues. To take advantage of the free membership you will need the activation code number provide to you by Target. Please note that this offer is good for one year of free credit monitoring and any further monitoring services after one year will have to be paid for. All eligible customers will have up until April 23, 2014 to sign up to receive the activation code. You will need a valid email address as the activation code will be sent by email within 72 hours of sign up. Once the code is received the individual will have to activate the code by April 30 2014 or the code will deemed invalid.