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International Data Hackers Target US Cardholders

International Data Hackers Target US Cardholders

For most Americans, the recent conflicts in Ukraine are no more than a part of the daily news. But as thousands of American Express cardholders learned recently, events around the world can touch uncomfortably close to home in this digital age. Back in March 2014, the American Express Company revealed...

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Your Social Security Number: the Key to Your Identity

Your Social Security Number: the Key to Your Identity

They began as a simple filing system for claims, but today the nine digits of the Social Security number hold the key to nearly every American’s identity. Children need them to enroll in school. You need them to enter a hospital, apply for a loan, or take out a store credit card. And if they’re stolen,...

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Do You Need Credit Monitoring Services?

Do You Need Credit Monitoring Services?

Identity theft is on the minds of many consumers, as more news emerges about major data hacks like the one that hit millions of shoppers over the last Thanksgiving holiday. And the widespread and casual use of credit and debit cards with their porous magnetic strip technology means that anybody’s account...

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Mobile Banking Apps Conceal Security Flaws

Mobile Banking Apps Conceal Security Flaws

Constant connectivity makes it easy to manage finances on the go. There’s an app for just bout any kind of transaction, on any device you care to use – all guaranteeing the safety and confidentiality of the sensitive information you send. But that’s not necessarily so, according to a new study...

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New Devices Promise to Block Cyber Snooping

New Devices Promise to Block Cyber Snooping

Are your private conversations really private? Is your personal data really safe? As stories continue to hit the news about the massive hijacking of Target shoppers’ information and the National Security Agency’s domestic spying operations, more and more people are feeling nervous about the security...

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Outdated Card Security Puts Users At Risk

Outdated Card Security Puts Users At Risk

What holds the data on your credit or debit card? If you’re a US cardholder, most likely it’s a magnetic strip. But as Target’s massive Black Friday data hack points up, that technology, which is largely obsolete in many parts of the world. is what puts US consumers at special risk for identity...

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Online-Only Banking is Growing, But Is It Safe?

Online-Only Banking is Growing, But Is It Safe?

Traditional brick and mortar banks give the appearance of security and stability – and for most people, that’s the only place to leave their money. But a new kind of branchless banking is challenging those assumptions, as online only banking slowly but steadily draws customers away from their local...

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