REFILE-COLUMN-What Target customers should know about identity theft protection

Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:16am EST
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By Mitch Lipka

Jan 14 (Reuters) - In the wake of a massive data breach that affected up to 100 million shoppers over the holidays, Target Corp has offered all of its customers - whether or not they were directly affected - a year of free credit monitoring. Is it an offer you should take?

Here are some questions and answers about what this sort of protection does - and does not - do and what you should keep in mind if you do sign up.

Q: What is Target offering?

A: One year of free credit monitoring from the credit bureau Experian if you request an authorization code from Target and activate it by April 30.

Q: What does that give me?   Continued...