Credit cards upgraded with chip technology

There’s a push by major credit card companies to switch to chipped cards by the end of the month.

The new cards are supposed to increase security and make shopping safer.

Some Midstaters are already on board.

“I think it’s a great idea. I mean with all the issues around identity theft and things like that happening, it’s really beneficial to see that credit card companies are taking the initiative to keep our data protected,” says Brian Wolfe of Mechanicsburg.

“It’s better protection for the consumer, so bring it on,” says Wendy Rissinger of Duncannon.

Stores like Ashley Furniture are beginning to implement the card readers.

“It’s just like any other credit card machine except we have an extra level of security,” says Elaina Peyton, Sales Support Manager at Ashley Furniture.

Most people already have chipped cards in their wallets but might not know how to use them.

All you do is insert the card into the reader and leave it there for a few seconds.

“It takes a little bit longer to process…that little extra time is well worth it,” says Peyton.

You either enter a pin number or sign to complete the transaction.

“It’s really easy. Most of the machines have the notification that it accepts it and all you do instead of sliding it down…you just slide it into the machine and pull it out and you’re pretty much done,” says Wolfe.

Cards will continue to have a magnetic strip on the back, at least for the time being.

“If you’re skeptical, ask. We’re knowledgeable. We understand,” says Peyton.

Chipped cards may be new technology in the U.S., but in places like France, it’s been in use for over 20 years.

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