Square's New Reader Works With the Smart Credit Cards of the Future

Magnetic strips are an outdated credit card tech. In the future, we'll hopefully all be on chip-based smart credit cards that help prevent fraud. To that end, Square's got plans to push out a new version of its mobile credit card reader that can read the EMV smart cards that will be adopted by banks like Chase and… » 7/30/14 9:24am 7/30/14 9:24am

Report: Target's Big Credit Card Hack Might Involve Even More Retailers

The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon Communications is investigating similar security breaches at two more as-yet-unnamed retailers that occurred around the same time as the massive Target credit card hack late last year. The two retailers affected by the newly-discovered attack have not yet announced the… » 2/26/14 3:51pm 2/26/14 3:51pm

Neiman Marcus Missed 60,000 Alerts As Hackers Stole Credit Card Info

Remember how Neiman Marcus revealed that hackers accessed credit card info for brick-and-mortar store customers? Turns out, during the eight-month period when hackers were snooping around the company's system, they set off nearly 60,000 security alerts. That seems like a lot of pop-ups to casually dismiss. » 2/22/14 6:00pm 2/22/14 6:00pm

What Are "Smart" Credit Cards, and Why Are They Coming to America?

It only took the theft of 40 million Target customer credit card details to spur Congress into finally joining the rest of the world in abandoning the highly insecure credit cards you're used to. Starting late next year, every credit card in the United States will adopt a more secure system. Here's what it is, and how… » 2/11/14 2:00pm 2/11/14 2:00pm

Credit Card Stolen? Don't Panic. Here's What to Do

You might have just found out that your credit card number may be compromised. Target reports that up to 40 million customers may have had their names, card numbers, expiration date and security code stolen via hacked credit card checkout scanners. Here's how to find out if you're one of them, and what to do next. » 12/19/13 12:20pm 12/19/13 12:20pm

Signifyd Checks Your Tweets to Make Sure Your Spending Spree's Legit

When it works right, fraudulent charge detection is great. But sometimes businesses mistakenly freeze your legit purchases — usually when you're traveling somewhere far-flung and can't easily straighten things out. Signifyd, launched today, hopes to fix that by watching your social media to see when you're really on… » 10/16/13 10:20am 10/16/13 10:20am

OpenTable Wants to Fix the Single Most Annoying Thing About Eating Out

You just finished a delicious meal. You're itching to move on to the next spot to get more drinks. Or you're hoping to wrap up your meal so you can pay the sitter. Or maybe you just want to get the hell out of the restaurant just because. Whatever it is, you spend a snail's lifetime trying to flag down the waitress… » 7/30/13 9:00pm 7/30/13 9:00pm

One Day Your Credit Card Will Recognize Your Signature

A signature-based security approach is only effective if a cashier actually double checks what's scrawled across the back of a credit card. And even then, there's still plenty of opportunity for fraud since minimum wage clerks usually aren't capable of spotting a forged signature—but one day your credit card might be. » 3/08/13 10:45am 3/08/13 10:45am

Credit Card Skimmers Aren't Just at ATMs Anymore

It used to be that you only had to be paranoid about credit card skimmers when using an ATM. But times have changed, and the bad guys have gotten so sophisticated that they've now created realistic but fake point of sale terminals that even print an authentic looking receipt while they're collecting your credit card… » 12/18/12 10:06am 12/18/12 10:06am

I Really Want a Credit Card with a LCD Screen and Touchscreen Keypad

You can have your black card and your credit card carved out of adamantium (just kidding, I would really like that), the only credit card I want is MasterCard's Display Card. MasterCard has been testing the card that comes with a LCD and touchscreen keypad, for some time and has now introduced it in Singapore. They… » 11/07/12 9:00pm 11/07/12 9:00pm

Digital Tip Jar Lets You Leave a Dollar With Your Credit Card

Paying for a quick meal or drink with a debit or credit card is convenient for customers, but the lack of physical currency means there's a less of a chance of waitstaff or baristas getting a tip. At least until the tests of the DipJar digital tip jar are deemed successful and it becomes widely available. » 9/04/12 5:20pm 9/04/12 5:20pm