12/23/2013: When you’re the target of credit card theft, arm yourself with these tips

The credit and debit cards of 40 million shoppers may have been compromised in a widespread security breach at Target stores. The retail giant said customers who swiped their cards between Nov. 29 and Dec. 15 may have had data stolen, including names, card numbers, card expiration date and three-digit security codes.

Despite the magnitude and sophistication of the breach, credit card users can empower themselves against attacks. Tim Erlin, director of IT security and risk strategy for the data security company Tripwire, shares some best practices for credit card users, including watching out for pin pads that don’t look quite right, being aware of purchases and checking one’s credit report.