How Will Data Breaches Affect Holiday Shopping?

Holiday shopping is just around the corner. Americans are clearing the balances from their credit card accounts, making their gift lists, and waiting for the sales to start. But the slew of retail data breaches over the last year may … Continue reading

Seattle Parking Meters Swallow Credit Cards

Being able to pay a parking meter with a credit card is convenient--until the meter refuses to give back your card. That is the gamble that drivers in Seattle take these days, with meters swallowing an average of one card … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 21, 2014

Shoppers Just Don't Care About Credit Card Hacks If Target and The Home Depot are still reeling from the collective breach of 96 million customers' credit and debit cards, it didn't show in either company's earnings reports this week. Target … Continue reading

Canada May Allow Merchants to Decline Mobile Card Payments

As mobile payments increase in popularity, merchants in Canada are concerned about a possible increase in fees. As a result, the country's Finance Minister may announce an adjustment in Canada's code of conduct for credit and debit cards, allowing merchants to … Continue reading

The LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report for November 20, 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

Top Exclusive, Luxury Credit Cards of 2014

Some people like to think of credit cards as luxury goods, much like fine jewelry or an expensive car. Yet for all the valuable benefits and attractive rewards offered by premium credit cards, they are still just financial instruments with … Continue reading

Square Unveils Reader for Chip-Based Credit Cards

Square has revamped its credit card reader to accept chip and PIN cards, and the new device can be preordered for $29. The reader accepts magnetic strip cards and smart cards, and it is compatible with Android and iOS devices. Merchants familiar … Continue reading

Top Holiday Credit Cards of 2014

In the United States, the holiday season is synonymous with shopping, and credit cards have become an indispensable part of the experience. Unfortunately, many shoppers end up applying for store credit cards during checkout, which offer less competitive terms and … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 14, 2014

New Consumer Protections for Prepaid Cards The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is extending many of the financial protections of bank accounts to prepaid cards. New rules proposed Thursday by the federal regulator would require that prepaid card users be protected … Continue reading

Costco Could Replace American Express as U.S. Card Partner

After replacing American Express as its credit card provider in Canada, Costco is reportedly seeking bids from both a credit card issuer and a payment network for stores in the United States. In September, Costco Wholesale Canada announced their exclusive … Continue reading

The LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report for November 13, 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

Debit Cards Decline in Popularity

A new report indicates debit cards are dropping in popularity, even though they remain the most common form of payment in America. According to the TSYS's 2014 Consumer Payment Study, the decline is primarily motivated by security fears from the number … Continue reading

Security Flaw Discovered in Chip-and-PIN Cards

Just when consumers thought their credit cards would be more secure, new research from Newcastle University uncovered a security flaw in chip-and-PIN cards that could lead to a $1 million unauthorized transaction. The issue comes from the contactless function in … Continue reading

Best Buy Replaces MasterCard with Visa for Branded Credit Cards

Best Buy is switching to a new credit card processor in 2015, choosing Visa over MasterCard to handle its co-branded card. Citigroup will remain the card-issuing bank, but Visa will become the processor at the beginning of the year. Reports … Continue reading

Apple Pay’s Biggest Competitor Could be a Totally New Credit Card

Apple Pay is being heralded as a revolutionary new payment system because of its two new security features: tokenization and fingerprint identification. The shocking number of data breaches in the last year have made credit card theft the crime that … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 7, 2014

Here's How the New Chip and PIN Credit Cards Could be DOA A recent Gallup survey found that 69% of Americans worry "frequently" or "occasionally" about having a credit card compromised by computer hackers. It's not shocking. Consumers are becoming … Continue reading

Credit Card Theft Is the Most Feared Crime in America

What do Americans worry about the most in today's society? It's not being the victim of a violent crime. It's having their credit card information stolen. According to a report from Gallup, 69% of Americans worry about having their credit … Continue reading

The LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report for November 6, 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

Business-to-Business Credit Card Volume Doubles in Two Years

Business credit cards went through a very difficult period during the economic downturn. Issuers cut back on the approval rates of these cards, some getting out of the segment altogether. Many businesses stopped using the cards due to the high … Continue reading

Voxis Allows Cybercriminals to Automate Fraudulent Credit Card Purchases

Cybercriminals have a new way to get as much money from stolen credit cards as possible before being detected for fraud. A program called Voxis Platform is starting to surface on underground forums, allowing thieves to make large volumes of … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–October 31, 2014

Some U.S. Retailers Shun Apple Pay, Eye Rival Payments System Some large U.S. retailers are refusing to use Apple Pay, Apple's new electronic payments service, as they commit to developing a rival payments system that would bolster their profits by … Continue reading

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