While some Target customers might well feel better seeing one of their executives squirm in the bright lights of the Senate, there will be too many credit card executives sitting safely at their desks far away from the cameras.
This past month has been an unwelcome reminder that identity theft is on the rise. Target and Neiman Marcus are the two high profile retailers whose networks were breached over the holiday season; however, at least three other well-known smaller U.S. retailers were breached.
Let's remember that Target and Neiman Marcus are victims, just as thousands of other businesses and millions of other consumers in this country are victims. They are victims who need our support, who need to know that we will stand by them through this crisis.
With a little extra work and some programming ingenuity, identity thieves can use your information to engage in what I like to call the pantheon of "-ishing" -- phishing, spear-phishing, vishing and smishing -- and still turn a tidy profit off of their crimes with your inadvertent help.
Each year, luxury retailer Neiman Marcus publishes its "Christmas Book," a catalog of holiday gift ideas for the well-to-do. "The Book" (not be confused with the Bible) also features several really cool ludicrously expensive "fantasy gifts."
Holiday dressing is all about stepping up one's style; adding a dash of flash, a higher heel, some sequins and a bold, red lip. But, the plethora of party dress codes has confused legions of ladies. Can one wear fishnets to an office celebration?