China Will Allow Foreign Companies to Process Credit Card Payments

For the first time, China may be giving foreign companies the opportunity to process credit card payments, according to a Cabinet statement yesterday. This will allow banks in China to issue credit and debit cards through companies like Visa and … Continue reading

The LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report for October 30, 2014

The LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report is based on our Complete Credit Card Index which tracks the advertised rates of 1,060 credit cards in the United States. Our editorial team constantly tracks the cards in order to identify trends in credit cards interest rates. Our index showed the Annual … Continue reading

Startup Poynt Modernizes Traditional Credit Card Terminal

While some companies like Square try to change the way credit card transactions are processed, a new startup company called Poynt is aiming to upgrade traditional point-of-sale terminals for the modern world. This solution comes at the perfect time as … Continue reading

UK Credit Card Issuers Show Little Knowledge of Consumer Credit Act

A consumer group's research has found that credit card issuers in the UK have little knowledge of a law that protects consumers from losing money on a transaction when an item is faulty or a retailer goes out of business. … Continue reading

Data Breaches Affected 18.5 Million Californians in 2013

Nearly half of California's residents were affected by data breaches and cyber intrusions in 2013, a staggering seven-fold increase from the previous year. According to a new report issued by Kamala Harris, the state's Attorney General, the personal information of … Continue reading

Troops Get Extra Time to Pay Off Government Travel Credit Cards

Military personnel going through a permanent change of station (PCS) may get a break on the monthly payment on their government travel credit cards. A new rule from the Department of Defense has created a special PCS status that saves … Continue reading

Commonwealth Bank Launches Locking App for Stolen Credit Cards

To help reduce credit card fraud in Australia, one major bank has created a new feature for its app that will allow cardholders to lock, cancel and replace their credit cards on their smartphones. Commonwealth Bank now gives customers the … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–October 24, 2014

Staples Investigates Reports of Possible Credit Card Data Breach The world's biggest office-supply retailer is investigating reports of a possible data breach of Staples customers' credit cards after banks detected a pattern of unusual charges concentrating on a group of … Continue reading

Intel Develops Security Solution for Credit Card Transactions

As the world continues to strive for better credit card security, Intel has developed a hardware-software program to protect credit card and personal data from being stolen while a transaction is authorized. Once a buyer uses a credit card at a … Continue reading

MasterCard and Zwipe Launch First Contactless Payment Card with Fingerprint Sensor

MasterCard and Zwipe have teamed up to create the world's first contactless payment card with built-in fingerprint sensor. The card is designed to provide superior security with the help of biometric technology while maintaining the convenience of swipe-free payments. The … Continue reading

The LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report for October 23, 2014

The LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report is based on our Complete Credit Card Index which tracks the advertised rates of 1,060 credit cards in the United States. Our editorial team constantly tracks the cards in order to identify trends in credit cards interest rates. Our index showed the Annual … Continue reading

Paying for College Tuition with Credit Cards Can Be Costly

Despite the convenience that comes with paying for college tuition with a credit card, the choice to do so could be costly. According to a new research study, the average convenience fee for colleges that accept credit cards is 2.62%. This … Continue reading

Citibank to Provide Free Credit Scores to Cardholders

Citibank will become the largest credit card issuer to provide free credit scores to their credit card customers. The bank will begin providing these scores on a monthly basis beginning in January. The scores will only be available online. Citi … Continue reading

Even a President’s Credit Card Can Be Declined

Even President Obama has had to face the embarrassment of getting his card declined. Last month, Obama's credit card was declined at Estela in downtown Manhattan while the President was preparing for the annual United Nations General Assembly. "It turned … Continue reading

Staples Investigating Potential Data Breach

Staples may be the latest victim of a debit and credit card breach. The office supply chain announced late yesterday that it is investigating a potential data breach at several locations. According to security expert Brian Krebs, several banks identified … Continue reading

Credit Card Issuers Will Earn $159 Billion This Year

According to a new report from R.K. Hammer, U.S. credit card issuers will generate $158.6 billion in revenue this year. That is a 9% increase from the $146 billion in 2013, and only 6% less than the debt peak back … Continue reading

Federal Agents Accused of Misusing Credit Cards

A congressional hearing last week revealed there may have been significant misuse of taxpayer-funded credit cards by federal agencies. This is occurring in spite of the Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 which was passed to prevent this. Auditors discovered more than … Continue reading

President Obama Tightens Security on Government-Issued Debit Cards

Even the federal government is feeling uneasy about the security of debit and credit cards. Reacting to the incredible number of data breaches at major retail chains, the United States government will now require that all federal benefits issued via … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–October 17, 2014

Kmart Says its Store Registers Were Hacked, Exposing Credit Cards For about a month, Kmart says, its stores' checkout registers were "compromised by malicious software that stole customer credit and debit card information." The company, owned by Sears, says it … Continue reading

Apple Pay to Launch Monday

Apple Pay, a revolutionary new payment system where consumers can make payments with a touch of their finger on their new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, will launch this Monday, October 20. Apple Pay allows consumers to store their … Continue reading

The LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report for October 16, 2014

The LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report is based on our Complete Credit Card Index which tracks the advertised rates of 1,060 credit cards in the United States. Our editorial team constantly tracks the cards in order to identify trends in credit cards interest rates. Our index showed the Annual … Continue reading

Global Credit Card Transactions on the Rise

Global credit card transactions are on the rise, showing a 13% increase from 2012 to 2013. Approximately 205 billion transactions were made on credit cards last year, according to the RBR consulting firm in London. Over the same period, the … Continue reading

New Technology Offers Card Security for Online Payments

EMV chip technology has been fairly effective in cutting down card fraud with transactions that take place at store level. Most of the card breaches in the United States during the past year have taken place within retail stores. As … Continue reading

Did the Durbin Amendment Make a Difference?

The Durbin Amendment contained a provision that limited the interchange fees merchants paid for debit card transactions. The thought was that retailers would lower their prices if these high swipe fees were decreased. But on the third anniversary of this … Continue reading

GameStop Increases Marketing Efforts for New Store Credit Card

In an effort to build a larger audience for its store credit card, GameStop recently began issuing pre-approved email offers to members of its PowerUp Rewards loyalty program. The emails are only being sent to select members who are likely … Continue reading

Stratos Raises $5.8 Million for All-in-One Credit Card

Stratos is a startup that could become a direct competitor for the Coin all-in-one credit card. Stratos has now managed to raise $5.8 million in funding before it started manufacturing its product, a process that is now underway. Stratos works much … Continue reading

Ways to Get a Credit Card after Bankruptcy

Rebuilding your financial life after bankruptcy is not easy. Your credit score has taken a tremendous hit and needs to be increased. This will take time but you must be diligent in working toward this goal. One way for people … Continue reading

Dairy Queen Confirms Data Breach in 395 Stores

International Dairy Queen has confirmed a data breach did take place in 395 locations and may have affected nearly 600,000 debit and credit cards. After an investigation that began in August, the company found that Backoff malware, used in so … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–October 10, 2014

Banks in U.S. Moving to Chip-Based Debit and Credit Cards In the coming year, banks in the United States are likely to replace debit or credit cards with versions that have tiny computer chips embedded in them, a move aimed … Continue reading

How To Use Credit Card Chip & PIN Technology

America is now a year away from an October 2015 deadline when all banks, retailers and credit card providers will transition to chip and PIN cards in order to strengthen credit card security. All of the cards currently in your wallet … Continue reading

The LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report for October 9, 2014

The LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report is based on our Complete Credit Card Index which tracks the advertised rates of 1,060 credit cards in the United States. Our editorial team constantly tracks the cards in order to identify trends in credit cards interest rates. Our index showed the Annual … Continue reading

Credit Card Debt Falls for First Time Since February

Credit card debt fell slightly in August for the first time since February, dropping $208 million or an annual rate of 0.3%. These were the findings of the latest monthly Consumer Credit report from the Federal Reserve. Americans now have … Continue reading

CFPB Keeps Data on Nearly 600 Million Credit Card Accounts

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is collecting sensitive financial data on close to 600 million credit card accounts but lacks adequate privacy and security plans to protect the information, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. “The … Continue reading

Bank of America Distributes Chip and PIN Debit Cards

Bank of America became the first major U.S. bank to issue chip and PIN debit cards to its customers. The bank already offers EMV credit cards, but will now issue chipped debit cards to customers as their cards expire. Bank … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–October 3, 2014

Cyberattack Against JPMorgan Chase Affects 76 Million Households A cyberattack this summer on JPMorgan Chase compromised the accounts of 76 million households and seven million small businesses, a tally that dwarfs previous estimates by the bank and puts the intrusion … Continue reading

The LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report for October 2, 2014

The LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report is based on our Complete Credit Card Index which tracks the advertised rates of 1,060 credit cards in the United States. Our editorial team constantly tracks the cards in order to identify trends in credit cards interest rates. Our index showed the Annual … Continue reading

Stolen Medical Data Worth 10 Times More Than Credit Card Information

How much are your medical records worth? About $10 on the open market, which is 10 times more than the average stolen credit card number. According to Reuters, cyber criminals are beginning to turn their attention to medical records in … Continue reading

Aldi Now Accepting Credit Cards in England

Aldi, the retail food chain best known for its low prices, will lift the credit card ban for its stores in England beginning October 13. Until now, the store has operated on a cash and debit card payment system, but … Continue reading

Pay Rent with a Credit Card, Thanks to New App

A new app known as RadPad allows users to pay rent with a credit card, even if the landlord does not accept credit card payments. For landlords who are signed up with RadPad, the app sends money from the tenants … Continue reading

U.S. Bank to Refund $48 Million for Improper Credit Card Practices

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lowered the boom on U.S. Bank for improper credit card practices. The CFPB ordered the bank to refund $48 million to customers. The bank must also pay fines of $5 million to the … Continue reading

The 10 States with the Most and Least Credit Card Debt

Which states have the most credit card debt? The least? A new study by Experian-Oliver Wyman Market Intelligence Reports analyzed the average credit card debt in United States for the second quarter of this year, and it found that Alaska remained … Continue reading

The LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report September 25, 2014

The LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report is based on our Complete Credit Card Index which tracks the advertised rates of 1,060 credit cards in the United States. Our editorial team constantly tracks the cards in order to identify trends in credit cards interest rates. Our index showed the Annual … Continue reading

Credit Card Processors Help Cyberlockers Distribute Stolen Content

A new report indicates credit card processors, such as Visa and MasterCard, authorize payments on cyberlocker websites that distribute stolen content on the web. The NetNames report done for Digital Citizens Alliance looked at 30 of the biggest cyberlocker sites on … Continue reading

Data Breach at 216 Jimmy John’s Locations

Jimmy John's is the latest company to suffer a major data breach. The sandwich shop chain confirmed today that criminals hacked into their point of sale systems at 216 stores and accessed customer debit and credit card information. The breach … Continue reading

Expedia Expands Loyalty Program With New Branded Credit Cards

Expedia now offers more rewards to its customers, thanks to two new MasterCards. These cards are designed to give customers more reason to travel using Expedia. The new credit cards are part of the company's effort to personalize its users' … Continue reading