Category Archives: Protecting yourself

When did P2P payments become so ubiquitous?

Mike Cetera

You know something has crossed into the mainstream when it becomes common among middle-aged folks living in suburbia. One day I paid for things exclusively with debit or credit cards (or on exceptionally rare occasions, cash) and seemingly the next…
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Hey, Mark Zuckerberg and Congress: Are you serious about protecting our credit card data?

John Egan
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the members of Congress who quizzed him during two Capitol Hill hearings should be ashamed. Zuckerberg’s bulleted talking points for the hearings – notes that a photojournalist was able to capture – included a reference…
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Card issuer’s clarity on fees is a little scary, too

John Egan

You certainly can learn a lot about your credit cards when you read the documents that card issuers send in the mail – documents that we often discard as junk mail. Case in point: The “Clarity Commitment” I recently received…
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Your kid’s ‘Fortnite’ obsession could cost you plenty

Mike Cetera

If you’re a gamer or a parent of kids of a certain age, you’re probably already well aware of the “Fortnite Battle Royale” phenomenon. This “Hunger Games”-style multiplayer for consoles and PCs is both a curiosity and a drain on…
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Burned by barbecue: Lessons from a credit card crime spree

John Egan

It always pains me to read about crooks ripping off people through credit card schemes, whether it’s hackers snatching your personal information or thieves installing data-stealing skimmers at gas pumps. But a credit card crime I just came across hits…
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