Ruling Makes It Easier to Sue Company after Data Breach

A new ruling from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has made it easier for consumers to sue big companies after data breaches. The ruling reverses a case dismissal from 2014, where plaintiffs suing Neiman Marcus were told that they … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–July 2, 2015

The Postal Service Wants You to Bank at Your Post Office Elizabeth Warren would like to change the way you bank. The Massachusetts Senator and consumer advocate firebrand may not be running for president. But her backing of the U.S. … Continue reading

Possible Data Breach at Trump Luxury Hotels

Donald Trump's line of luxury hotels may be the latest victim of a credit card data breach, according to Krebs On Security. The possible breach was discovered when some financial institutions noticed a pattern of fraudulent activity on credit and … Continue reading

Most Americans Want More Information about Data Breaches

A staggering number of American consumers want to know more about data breaches than what companies have provided them, according to new research from the Zix Corporation. 84% of Americans said the best way for retailers to maintain consumer trust … Continue reading

4 Downsides To EMV (Chip) Credit Card Technology

Most consumers have heard the reasons credit card companies are investing in new technology in order to keep their customers' valuable personal and financial data safe. Hackers and identity thieves are using sophisticated tactics in order to get their hands … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 1, 2015

Scott Walker Is Just Like You! In Debt Scott Walker has preached fiscal responsibility from the onset of his political career. But will his credit card debt undermine his message? Scott Walker owes Sears up to $50,000. According to his … Continue reading

Google Creates Fraud-Detection Algorithm for Payments

Google has been working on a new algorithm that flags suspicious payments in an effort to help cut fraud. The algorithm assesses a large payments database to find patterns of suspicious transactions. While it has not found any fraudulent payments … Continue reading

CFPB Doubles Efforts to Clear Backlog of Investigations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has put a temporary stop on all new investigations coming into the bureau in an effort to clear the existing backlog. The organization currently has unresolved cases that date back over three years. The CFPB … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–April 24, 2015

House Passes Cybersecurity Bill After Companies Fall Victim to Data Breaches Responding to a series of computer security breaches in government and the private sector, the House passed an expansive measure Wednesday that would push companies to share access to … Continue reading

Cyber Attacks Hit 5 of 6 Large Companies in 2014

Symantec's latest Internet Security Threat Report illustrates just how vulnerable American companies were to cyber attacks last year. An estimated 5 of 6 large companies were targeted by attackers in 2014, an increase of 40% from a year ago. Large … Continue reading

PoSeidon Malware Program Attacks Point of Sale Terminals

Many of the data breaches that wreaked havoc on major retailers during the past 18 months were caused by malware in the point of sale systems. Now, a stronger and more damaging malware program has been uncovered. The network company … Continue reading

FTC Requests Clarification in Data Security Draft Bill

The recently proposed Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015 was designed to create a standard for the way companies protect personal information and notify consumers of data breaches. The draft bill has strong support across most areas of … Continue reading

Avoid Becoming a Victim of Today’s Biggest Scams

Protecting your financial data and personal information is critical, especially when massive data breaches and identity theft cases seem to occur every week. Becoming aware of the scams being used by thieves can help people avoid falling victim to these … Continue reading

Companies Doing Poor Job of Detecting Data Breaches

A report released Tuesday shows companies may not have the security systems in place to detect data breaches when they occur. As a result, over two-thirds of data breaches last year were detected by outside sources, not the company itself. … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–February 20, 2015

In Challenge to Apple Pay, Samsung Buys Mobile Payment Company Samsung is buying mobile-payment startup LoopPay as the Korean phone maker steps up to challenge Apple and its payment system on iPhones. The deal strengthens speculation that Samsung Electronics plans … Continue reading

Did Samsung Just Beat Apple in the Mobile Payment Market?

The mobile payment industry may have taken a seismic shift today when Samsung announced it would acquire LoopPay for an undisclosed amount of money. The acquisition is seen as a major move by the South Korean company to compete with … Continue reading

MasterCard Commits $20 Million to Enhance Cybersecurity

Credit card companies, retailers and payment networks are all feeling the heat after a year of massive data breaches and countless cases of identity theft. MasterCard is now taking some major steps to protect their customers with a $20 million … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–February 13, 2015

Why Some People Still Have Hidden Bank or Credit Card Accounts More than 7 million Americans, including 4.4 million men and 2.8 million women have hidden a bank or credit card account from their live-in spouse or partner, according to … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 23, 2015

More Than 90% of Data Breaches Could Have Been Avoided Nine out of 10 data breaches that occurred in the first half of last year could have been avoided, according to a new report. The report, which analyzed more than … Continue reading

President Wants Laws on Student Privacy, Hacking Notification

The rash of data breaches has tested the patience of the President of the United States. Yesterday, President Barack Obama took steps to counter identity theft by calling for laws to protect the personal data of students and require notification … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 9, 2015

Why New Credit Cards May Fall Short on Fraud Control Big U.S. banks are steering clear of an advanced security measure used in credit cards around the world, opting for a system that is more convenient for shoppers but may … Continue reading

Scientists Create Quantum Credit Cards Impossible to Hack

As the era of magnetic strip credit cards fades away, a team of scientists in the Netherlands has developed a potentially un-hackable credit card model. Dubbed as quantum credit cards, these payment solutions use advanced scientific methods to create cards that … Continue reading

Major Data Breaches of 2014

A year ago, the country was rocked by the Target data breach. Previously, consumers rarely thought about the security on their credit or debit cards. But all that changed when Target reported that 40 million debit and credit card numbers had … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 2, 2015

Anonymous Hackers Release 13,000 Passwords and Credit Card Details of Amazon, PlayStation and Xbox Users A hacker group has released a cache of 13,000 passwords, usernames, and credit cards purporting to belong to users of popular web services including Amazon, … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 26, 2014

Disconnected: Millennials Talk Big, Do Little About Money Surveys continue to show a major disconnect between how optimistic many millennials are about their financial future and what they are actually doing to make sure they achieve their goals. In a … Continue reading

Consumers Plan to Use Credit Cards for Holiday Shopping

Americans have seen a number of substantial data breaches since last year's holiday season, but that has not had a major effect on how they plan to pay for their items this Christmas. A new survey from TransUnion shows 80% of … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Could Apple Pay Be the End of Data Breaches?

Apple's announcement of a new payment system, Apple Pay, could not have come at a more opportune time.Consumers have been shell-shocked by the number of data breaches that have taken place at well-known stores: Target, Neiman Marcus, Michaels, P.F. Chang's, … Continue reading

5 Worst Data Breaches Of 2014

Data breaches have unfortunately become a common occurrence in today's society. It seems a newsworthy breach has taken place almost every week since the massive Target hack occurred in late 2013. A data breach can cripple a business and cause … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–July 25, 2014

Will Debit Card Rewards Become a Perk of the Past? Banks are still struggling to regain their footing from the financial collapse and resulting Great Recession. As profits shrink and expenses expand, the biggest banks in America are shedding thousands … Continue reading

New York’s Data Breaches Exposed 22.8 Million Personal Records

According to a report from New York's Attorney General, 22.8 million private records of New Yorkers have been exposed due to data breaches over the last eight years. The data breaches were reported by over 3,000 businesses, nonprofit organizations and … Continue reading

How To Use A Chip And Pin Or EMV Credit Card

EMV cards are named for the credit card companies that developed the security system—EuroPay, MasterCard, and Visa. EMV cards are sometimes referred to as chip and pin cards. The great majority of credit cards issued in the United States operate … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–July 11, 2014

Report Says Debt Settlement Companies May Leave Customers Worse Off Using a settlement company to help you dig out from underneath burdensome debt may sound appealing, but it may leave you worse off than when you started, according to new … Continue reading

Retailers Launch Cyber Security Sharing Center to Boost Financial Security

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has launched a new program to aid stores in preventing and detecting credit card data breaches. It's called the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC), and it could  be a very positive step for … Continue reading

Michaels Breach Exposed Nearly 3 Million Cards

Michaels, the nation's largest arts and crafts chain, said that nearly three million debit and credit cards may have been exposed in their data breach. The company said that the data security attack has been contained. The company reported that … Continue reading

Politicians Push for Stronger Credit Card Security

The number and magnitude of credit card hacks in America over the last few months has now prompted several lawmakers to push for stronger security systems. Some are asking for a mandatory transition to chip-and-PIN cards, while others say the … Continue reading

Retailers Form Partnerships to Protect Your Credit Card Data

Consumers are understandably shaken by the significant number of data breaches that have taken place in some of the country's top retail chains. Now, retailers are trying to take steps to repair their damaged image. Today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association … Continue reading

Credit Card Privacy Bill Advances in California

Californians who shop online may soon gain better protection for their credit card information. Bill SB 383 was passed by the California Senate last Thursday and is now being sent to the state Assembly. The measure would limit the data … Continue reading

Dangerous Places to Use Your Debit Card

Consumers are understandably reluctant to use their debit and credit cards due to the recent data breaches that have taken place at Target and Neiman Marcus. For some people though, using a debit card is a way of life, the … Continue reading

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

Six Credit Card Trends to Watch in 2014 During and immediately after the financial crisis, credit card issuers tightened up lending standards and lowered credit limits to protect themselves. "They had given credit to too many people and approved people … Continue reading