5 Cyber-Security Myths We Need to Ditch

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5 Cyber-Security Myths We Need to Ditch

5 Cyber-Security Myths We Need to Ditch

Pick a subject, any subject, and there are myths and pure nonsense that someone will buy into. Birds will die if they eat the uncooked rice flung at newlyweds. (Nope) If you eat Mentos and drink Diet Coke simultaneously your stomach will explode. (Hardly) You only have one credit score. (Wrong) Napoleon was short. (At... Read More

Are Chip Cards Counterfeit-Proof? Not Exactly

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Are Chip Cards Counterfeit-Proof? Not Exactly

Are Chip Cards Counterfeit-Proof? Not Exactly

Computer researchers may have found a flaw in chip-based credit cards. Though the cards are designed to combat fraudulent cloning, apparently there’s a way to rewrite the magnetic strip code so it resembles the standard Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) card. Researchers at the payment technology company NCR presented their findings at the Black Hat computer security... Read More

How Companies Know Your New Credit Card Number Before You Give it to Them

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How Companies Know Your New Credit Card Number Before You Give it to Them

How Companies Know Your New Credit Card Number Before You Give it to Them

Recently, a Netflix customer took to Reddit to explain how he got a big surprise when the streaming service charged him using his new credit card number, which he hadn’t given them. How did that happen? One commenter offered a clue: Netflix likely participates in Visa’s Account Updater program. Netflix declined to comment on whether it uses updater services. However, for... Read More

What Happens If I Don’t Sign My Credit Card?

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What Happens If I Don’t Sign My Credit Card?

What Happens If I Don’t Sign My Credit Card?

If you look at the back of your credit card, you’ll see the small print that tells you your credit card isn’t valid unless it’s signed. And that isn’t just a recommendation — card issuers want you to sign it for your protection. “We think it’s a good practice for customers to sign the back... Read More

Fingerprint Scans Replace Debit Cards for Japan’s Tourists

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Fingerprint Scans Replace Debit Cards for Japan’s Tourists

Fingerprint Scans Replace Debit Cards for Japan’s Tourists

Are you one of those people who gets annoyed every time you have dig around your pocket or purse when you want to buy something? What if all you needed was a finger? Well, you could be in luck… eventually. Japan is planning to test out a system this summer that would eliminate the need for tourists... Read More

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