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The future is now and other credit card news to know this week

Taylor Tompkins

This week’s (un)lucky number is: 56 percent

More than half of data breaches this year have jeopardized Social Security numbers, making it a scary time to be someone with those essential nine-digit identifiers. Your SSN could be used to get a credit card in beautiful Chicken, Alaska, right now. So it may be good to know when and to whom to give your SSN, and when it’s best to guard it with your life.

This week

These are the things to look forward to this week.

Through the looking glass: Whether you’re into high fashion or are into something more, er, festive, the way you shop could be rapidly changing. Mastercard teamed up with Marie Claire for a pop-up shop that could revolutionize the way we shop. More than likely though, it’s just another weird attempt to bring the world up to what Marty McFly thought it would be back in 1985.


Credit of tomorrow: Imagine a world where credit cards aren’t based on your credit score and pigs could fly. Well, one of these things is more likely than the other now that Visa has released its new Petal card. The card is available by invite-only at the moment, but the good news is you can be the needy friend and ask for one.



What you might have missed last week.

Equi-hacked Part II: Equifax isn’t really helping its case by sending its customers to phishing sites, and the saga continues to wear on. The good news is if you think your Social Security number was exposed in the credit bureau’s breach, you can make like Arnold Swarzenegger and look at the option of freezing your credit. (Don’t worry, I am rolling my own eyes at that one.)


Fall-ing not flying: I don’t know if you could hear from inside your mountain of pumpkin spice, but last Friday was the first official day of fall. While you wouldn’t know it by the temperatures here in Texas, it’s time to start picking apples, carving pumpkins and selecting perfect leaves for your next weird crafting project. To see the fall colors, check out our expert’s advice on how to take your family on last-minute leaf-peeping trip to the Northeast using your card rewards, points and miles. Just be sure to shake the pumpkin spice from your boots when you get there.


Tangled in the web

Here are things from around the internet the staff are reading.

No one wants to fly into Jersey. –Bloomberg

Who needs credit bureaus anyway. –New York Times

Amazon may be wrecking retail as we know it, but at least you can get toys for cheap. –USA Today


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