Tag Archives: security

Quantum physics may power card security

Jay MacDonald

Let’s leap to the Netherlands, where scientists at the University of Twente have published a paper that shows the way to fraud-free, unclonable credit and debit cards of the future that would make Zaphod Beeblebrox of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” twerk. The breakthrough relies on the
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Retailers receive brunt of data breach blame

Sienna Kossman

The list of retailers affected by data breaches in recent months keeps getting longer and everyone is looking for someone (or something) to blame. Two surveys — one of consumers, one of IT and IT security professionals — attempt to assign that blame: Consumers blame retailers. The IT pros say, “Sorry. My bad.”
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Lazy passwords increase your risk of fraud

Sienna Kossman

Those eight-to-10 character passwords you’ve created to protect your accounts aren’t as secure as you think, and fraudsters are cracking our log-in credentials now more than ever.
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ZIP codes prevent pay-at-the-pump fraud

Sienna Kossman

Ever wonder why you have to enter your ZIP code to pay for gas at the pump with your credit card? It may seem like a random request, but there’s a purpose and it’s for your own good.
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Mobile wallet herd-thinning needed

Sienna Kossman

Mobile wallets have been creeping onto the U.S. digital payment scene for a few years now with the enticing premise of making payments simply by tapping a button or scanning a bar code on a smartphone, but with all the different types, it may be hard for consumers to get on board with the idea of mobile wallets, let alone even understand what they are.
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