Shopping Security

Safeguard your credit this holiday season


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With billions of dollars of sales about to be tallied during the 2013 holiday season, both in stores and online, credit and debit cards will get a workout between now and the New Year. It’s a good time to remember a few rules for keeping these financial tools secure from credit thieves.

Agencies that monitor and rate consumers’ credit have substantial resources allocated to preventing credit fraud and ID theft. We spoke with Becky Frost, senior manager for Experian’s program, about how to protect credit cards — and your financial identity — during the holidays. Frost offered a number of tips.