Credit cards and passports are filled with microchips brimming with your personal information—and give off radio waves to any nearby sleazebag that wants to steal your identity. A new generation of those chips stands to stop hackers in their tracks.
You’re sitting at home minding your own business when you get a call from your credit card’s fraud detection unit asking if you’ve just made a purchase at a department store in your city. It wasn’t you who bought expensive electronics using your credit card – in fact, it’s been in your pocket all afternoon. So how did…
This humble-looking piece of circuitry, little larger than a quarter, can be used to wirelessly fool magnetic stripe readers into thinking you’ve swiped your card, by generating hefty magnetic fields that mimic the data held on it.
Ready to speak to the future? For a limited time, Amazon Store Cardholders and new members can save $50 on the surprisingly great Amazon Echo, bringing it down to just $130. That would be a good price for a speaker of this quality on its own, let alone one that can read you the news and convert measurements while you…
You may be under the impression that the new EMV chip system for credit card payments is nice and secure. But the UK’s been using it since 2003 — so crooks have had plenty of time to work out how to hack the system and steal your cash.
Today is the deadline for US retailers to switch over to a payment technology called EMV. That means you’ll have to start verifying your credit card with a chip, as well as a swipe. We talked to payments industry experts about how EMV works, what’s happening today, and what it means for the average shopper.
Do you like your face? Then you’re going to love MasterCard’s new ID Check security system. The experimental feature uses your camera’s front-facing camera and facial recognition technology so that you can pay with your face. MasterCard thinks millenials will love it.
The ARPANET didn’t make its first host-to-host connection until 1969. But long before anyone was online, communications companies were trying to figure out how to make interactive home shopping a reality. This short 1961 film from Bell Systems (now AT&T) showcases the futuristic tech that they were imagining—including…
Technology is a conquerer. The evidence can be seen in mounds of dead pagers, flip phones, and CDs. When companies and startups agree to kill something off, it’s usually not long for this world. But one piece of tech has become an unkillable cockroach—the credit card.
Among other things, Apple's Second Coming of the Mobile Payment Solution was meant to fix our broke-ass credit card security system. Only, according to (unconfirmed) reports, it's doing exactly the opposite.
Apple Pay has been around for a few months now, and in that time, it has expanded quite a bit. AppAdvice just updated their list of banks and stores that accept Apple Pay, so if you've been holding out for a particular store, it might be worth another look.
Remember Coin, the card that promised to put all your credit cards on one handy chunk of plastic, and then suffered from substantial setbacks that may make it useless by the time it comes out? Well now it has a competitor. This is Plastc, another upcoming supercard with some seriously big promises that will be even…
The United States is almost ready to join the rest of the world in the chip-and-pin credit card future. But in the meantime hackers have been stealing all our numbers left and right. Wired took a deep dive into the software that lets it happen, and the process is both clever and simple.
Home Depot has confirmed that 56 million cards were compromised in a major security breach between April and September of this year. The breach affected customers in the United States and Canada.
Home Depot confirmed today that the company was, indeed, the victim of a large credit card breach reported by many customers last week. An estimated 60 million card numbers were stolen, which would make it the biggest such hack in retail history.
Make all the "Dear Friend" email scam jokes that you want—Nigeria now has one of the most sophisticated government-issued ID systems in the world. A new nationwide card that rolls out this week collects biometric information to prevent fraud and includes a debit card feature backed by MasterCard.