Stratos Card Is Another Smart Payment Card That Wants To Rule Them All

They way we buy things is changing. A lot of the focus lately has revolved around the smartphone with services like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, but a new company Stratos still thinks the credit card has its place...you just shouldn't have to juggle a whole wallet full of them. » 3/03/15 12:00am 3/03/15 12:00am

How to Travel Internationally For The Very First Time

Did you know that only five percent of Americans travel abroad each year? Beat the odds, get a passport and go see the world. It's easier than you might think. Here's our starter guide for the new traveler.
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Anonymized Credit Card Data Really Isn't Very Anonymous

Credit card companies often strip your details from their records and then share it with third parties, claiming that it's anonymized. But a new study from MIT reveals that analysis of just four purchases made on your card can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy, even when your details are removed. » 1/30/15 4:45am 1/30/15 4:45am

Beware Crooks Stealing Your Card Details at Car Washes

There's a new trend sweeping the credit card fraud business, and it takes the concept of money laundering quite literally: criminals are swiping card details from car washes. » 6/23/14 7:58am 6/23/14 7:58am

Hacked Twitter Accounts Can Be More Valuable Than Stolen Credit Cards

Hackers operate by the same rules of economics as we all do. Thanks to a high profile breach like Target's, a glut of stolen credit cards has made them cheap cheap cheap. So you know what's a more valuable target these days? Your Twitter account. » 3/27/14 5:40pm 3/27/14 5:40pm

Beware This Simple But Incredibly Effective Point-of-Sale Skimmer

Card skimmers are getting way more common, to the point that they've even started appearing on point-of-sale card machines. And, boy, if this thing is anything to go by, they're getting better and better. » 12/03/13 7:20am 12/03/13 7:20am

This Emergency Hook Folds Up and Fits In Your Wallet

We've all been there: arrive in a grubby public rest room, realise there's nowhere to hang anything, and be faced by the grim experience of dropping your possessions to the grimy floor. This folding hook could save you from that fate. » 7/16/13 3:48am 7/16/13 3:48am

ATM Skimming Is Now Prolific on Payment Terminals and Ticket Machines

ATM skimming has become an art in recent years, with the devices that crooks use becoming ever more sophisticated. But fraudsters are broadening their reach, with payment terminals and ticket machines now just as much targets as ATMs. » 4/01/13 7:48am 4/01/13 7:48am

Help Site Confirmed Physical Google Wallet Card

After last week's leaked news about Google launching its own physical credit card to sit alongside Wallet, a new help site seems to have confirmed the search giant's intentions. » 11/07/12 4:03am 11/07/12 4:03am

Confirmed: Up to 1.5 Million Credit Cards Compromised in Massive Hack

Following rumors over the weekend, Global Payments—a massive international credit-card processor—has confirmed that it suffered a massive security breach. Hackers managed to acquire customer information from up to 1.5 million accounts across North America. As far as we know, every major credit card provider is… » 4/02/12 3:51am 4/02/12 3:51am

MythBusters Was Banned from Talking About RFID Chips Because Credit…

RFID chips are super cool because those little buggers can beam things wirelessly. The guys at Mythbusters totally thought so too and wanted to make an episode about how trackable and hackable RFID chips were. Sounds amazing! Everyone would've learned more about the technology that's invisibly invading our lines.… » 2/03/12 5:40pm 2/03/12 5:40pm

Hackers Stealing $3 Million from Subway Means You Should Probably Pay…

If you've eaten at a Subway recently, there's a slight chance that you might've got your credit card information stolen. Okay probably not! But a group of Romanian hackers have managed to hack into Subway cash registers and have been logging down all sorts of customer info since 2008. » 12/21/11 7:20pm 12/21/11 7:20pm

Square iPhone-Based Mobile Payment System Kills Cash Registers and…

Interesting announcement today from Square's office in the the San Francisco Chronicle building, (where news usually goes to die) Square introduced a new mobile payment system that lets you make credit card purchases with an iPhone app. » 5/23/11 1:53pm 5/23/11 1:53pm

Banks Are Planning to Cap Debit Card Purchases

The WSJ is reporting that many banks are thinking about creating a limit on how much you can spend on your debit card. For example, banks like JP Morgan Chase & Co are thinking about setting a $100 maximum per transaction. » 3/12/11 12:00pm 3/12/11 12:00pm

Newly Sold Verifone Credit Card Swipers Will All Work With Your…

Verifone, the company that makes credit card swipers, has said they're going to put NFC into all their new models, so that you can use your phone to pay for things where you now use a credit card. Not impressed? Here's fourteen reasons why you should be. [Gigaom] » 3/04/11 11:44am 3/04/11 11:44am

What Do All the Numbers on Your Credit Card Mean?

I always wondered how credit card companies came up with the digits on my Visa and AmEx. Random chance? Geographical location? Spending habits? Turns out all credit card companies follow the same set of rules. Here's what the numbers mean: » 1/22/11 1:00pm 1/22/11 1:00pm

'Tis the Season for Defrauding: The 7 Biggest Holiday Scams

Human beings have been inventing ways to trick, swindle, and cheat one another since, well, always. And it just so happens that the season of giving perfectly coincides with the season of (unlawful) taking. Humbug! » 12/14/10 1:00pm 12/14/10 1:00pm

Kim Kardashian Will Teach Your Kids the Value of Plastic

If Kim Kardashian is so hard to keep up with, why does she keep popping up in my news feed? And why on earth does she want to shove a credit card into the hands of my (hypothetical) babies? » 11/08/10 6:20pm 11/08/10 6:20pm

Press Your Credit Card's Secret Buttons To Pay With Rewards Points

Citi Cards customers might find this little gadget in their wallets soon. It's basically a regular credit card except it has tiny buttons which let you choose whether to charge a purchase normally or whether to pay with rewards points. » 10/05/10 7:00am 10/05/10 7:00am