Tag Archives: security

Why Heartbleed isn’t something to brush off

Sienna Kossman

When a topic is covered over and over, it’s easy to become numb to the news and its effects, no matter how dire. For me, one of those topics was personal information security. Between national news stories about mass data collection and seemingly never-ending major retailer security breach sagas, I have felt it was one of those burned-out topics.
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State bills would deep-freeze children’s credit

Sienna Kossman

Working on a story about familiar fraud helped me develop a good understanding of just how damaging identity theft can be, especially if it begins when a victim is young. Child identity theft in particular isn’t the easiest thing to resolve, so when I caught wind of what state governments are doing to help stop this type of fraud before it begins, I was immediately interested.
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Will more secure cards come at a price?

Fred Williams

Card users are clamoring for tighter security, as security breaches continue to hit the headlines. But will peace of mind come at a price? A case in Canada shows how more secure cards come with more responsibility for cardholders.
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App lets your smartphone dial for dollars at ATMs

Jay MacDonald

In a move that may forever alter the meaning of "dialing for dollars," global financial services giant FIS will soon enable ATM users nationwide to call ahead for cash from their smartphones, no debit or credit card required.

The app turns your smartphone into a remote control for your nearest cash machine. If all goes as planned, the shortcut could shave your ATM cash withdrawal time from 30 to 40 seconds down to single digits and make it well-nigh impossible for ID thieves to swipe your account information.

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You want my credit card BEFORE I eat?

Jay MacDonald

Let’s say you and your friends are footsore from knocking around the historic Uptown district of Charlotte, N.C., and decide to stop for a bite at Nikko Japanese restaurant and sushi bar on South Boulevard. As you settle into your cushy circular booth, visions of wasabi eel and umbrella drinks swimming in your heads, your waiter approaches, scribbles your order, then asks for a credit card to hold while you enjoy your meal.
Do you give it to him?
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