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Researchers: Square Knew 6 Months Ago Its Credit Card Readers Could Be Compromised

Researchers: Square Knew 6 Months Ago Its Credit Card Readers Could Be Compromised

Researchers: Square Knew 6 Months Ago Its Credit Card Readers Could Be Compromised

Earlier this year we wrote about Square, an application that allows smartphones to function as credit card readers using a small device that plugs into the headphone jack. The advantage: anyone with the application can process transactions on the fly by simply swiping a physical card through the reader. Now, two British technology security researchers… Read More

Credit Cards that Help You Save on Back-to-School Expenses

Credit Cards that Help You Save on Back-to-School Expenses

Credit Cards that Help You Save on Back-to-School Expenses

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time for school to start. That means it’s also time to think about how you’re going to financially survive all those back-to-school expenses. Really, no matter how old your kids are, it costs plenty to get them dressed and properly supplied for school. My advice is to be… Read More

California Businesses Charging Fee for Credit Card Use

California Businesses Charging Fee for Credit Card Use

California Businesses Charging Fee for Credit Card Use

Companies will typically tack on a fee ranging from anywhere between 45 cents to $2 onto purchases made with credit cards, particularly if the transaction’s value is less than a predetermined amount, according to a report from Visalia, California, television station KMPH. This practice is illegal in the state. However, the state does allow for… Read More

Profits Climb for MasterCard on More Spending

Profits Climb for MasterCard on More Spending

Profits Climb for MasterCard on More Spending

Profits for MasterCard rose 33 percent to $608 million during the second quarter of the year, up from $458 million in the same period last year, as consumers used the company’s branded debit and credit cards more frequently, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. During this period, revenues increased 22 percent to… Read More

How Would A Double-Dip Impact Credit Card Rates?

How Would A Double-Dip Impact Credit Card Rates?

How Would A Double-Dip Impact Credit Card Rates?

After a big stock market decline on Thursday, and smaller but continued dip in stock values Friday morning, many people are wondering whether our long-struggling economic recovery may actually be headed for a double-dip recession. (Some people doubt whether the recovery ever really started.) What does all this mean for your credit? If you’ve had… Read More

Rewards Credit Cards May be Problematic for Some

Rewards Credit Cards May be Problematic for Some

Rewards Credit Cards May be Problematic for Some

There are a number of reasons that rewards credit cards typically cost more than no-frills accounts, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. The first is that they typically come with far higher interest rates than normal credit cards, which can become problematic if the cardholder carries a balance from one month to… Read More

Nation’s Credit Downgrade Will Be Seen in Credit Card Interest Rates

Nation’s Credit Downgrade Will Be Seen in Credit Card Interest Rates

Nation’s Credit Downgrade Will Be Seen in Credit Card Interest Rates

If the nation defaults on its hundreds of billions or more in debts – and, some believe, even if it doesn’t – it may have its international credit rating downgraded, according to a report from Fox Business. There would be consequences for such a mistake, for the government and consumers alike. The biggest effect for… Read More

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