U.S. Credit Cards Tackle Fraud With Embedded Chips, But No PINs

This year, there will be an important change in the way Americans use their credit cards. More banks will be issuing cards with small computer chips, a move they say will protect against credit card fraud.

But banks are stopping short of another step that will make credit card usage even safer. And a lot of retailers aren’t too happy about it.

Americans use their credit cards a lot, and most of the cards they use operate the same way. The credit card is swiped through a machine, and the machine reads the customer’s personal information, which is stored in a magnetic strip on the back.

Continue reading at NPR.

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