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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Home Depot Breach Hit 56 Million Credit And Debit Cards

Earlier this month, Home Depot announced a data breach that hit its 2,200+ home improvement stores in America and Canada. The company now confirms that a whopping 56 million credit and debit cards were affected by the breach. The magnitude … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–September 12, 2014

Apple Pay Could Make you Poorer The new Apple payment system has extraordinary promise. With Apple Pay, you might not need a wallet, and you can leave your credit and debit cards at home. In terms of ease and convenience, … Continue reading

Walmart to Launch EMV-Enabled Credit Card

Shoppers who use the Walmart credit card will be able to enjoy enhanced security as the store rolls out its chip-and-PIN credit cards. This is part of a significant and widespread movement in the United States projected to be completed … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–August 1, 2014

A Third of Americans Delinquent on Debt More than a third of the country is in trouble when it comes to paying debts on time; 35% of Americans have debt in collections, according to a study out Tuesday from the … Continue reading

Square Introduces New Reader for Chip-Based Credit Cards

Today, mobile payments company Square announced it has developed a new credit card reader that will make transactions with chip-enabled EMV cards. Square is a credit card reader that plugs into smartphones or tablets, allowing a credit or debit card … 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

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

Credit Card Fraud on the Rise before EMV Switchover

With America on the verge of converting to EMV credit cards in the next few years, fraudsters are trying to get in on last-minute scams. This is particularly true for credit card thieves in Europe, who consider the unsecure American … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–July 18, 2014

Credit Card Fees are Killing Small Businesses There is no real competition in the market for credit and debit card swipe fees. Because Visa and MasterCard control 80% of the card market, they are able to dictate terms. The system … Continue reading

Debit Card Usage Increasing Despite Recent Data Breaches

The 2014 Debit Issuer Study from PULSE showed a consistent growth in consumer and business debit card use in 2013, despite the data breaches that have taken place in the past year. 14% of all debit cards were exposed in … Continue reading

What Is Chip And Pin Credit Card Technology?

The credit card breaches at major retailers such as Target, Michaels and Neiman Marcus have rocked consumer confidence regarding their financial information. That is why credit card companies are rapidly investing in new technology to make their products more secure. … Continue reading

New Sam’s Club Credit Card to Feature Chip for Increased Security

Sam's Club is set to become the first major retailer in the United States to offer a credit card that will feature EMV chip technology, making it much safer than the magnetic strips found in most cards. The new card … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–June 6, 2014

Debt Collectors Have Figured Out a Way to Seize Your Wages and SavingsPeople with overdue bills have long complained of harassment from debt collectors, from late-night phone calls to frightening in-person visits. Now it appears the industry has found far … Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide To The Best Credit Cards Of 2014

If you are interested getting a credit card, you’ll want to have all of the facts before you make a critical decision. Getting a credit card is a big step for most consumers, and too many people make that choice … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 23, 2014

Microchips in our Passports and Credit Cards: Are They Safe? U.S. passports have them. And these days, many more U.S. credit cards are starting to carry them, too. The tiny plastic chips embedded in passports and credit cards are primarily … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–April 18, 2014

States Probing Massive Data Breach of Social Security Numbers In what could be one of the biggest data breaches in history, the federal government and authorities in several states are investigating the criminal sale of Social Security numbers, bank account … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–March 28, 2014

Why So Many Retail Stores Get Hacked for Credit Card Data When a big retailer gets hacked, it's often quick to note that it has complied with cybersecurity rules set by the credit card industry. MasterCard, Visa and other card … Continue reading

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

Consumers Not Powerless in Face of Credit Card Fraud Most card companies already have custom alerts and other features that not enough consumers use. Then there's something that all cards should have but most don't--an on/off switch accessible from a … Continue reading

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

How Target Blew It Poring over computer logs, Target found FireEye's alerts from November 30 and more from December 2, when hackers installed yet another version of the malware. Not only should those alarms have been impossible to miss, they … Continue reading

Visa and MasterCard Set Deadline for Chip and PIN Credit Cards

Visa and MasterCard have officially set a deadline for retailers to adopt to EMV (chip and PIN) credit card technology. By October 2015, all stores will be expected to accept these kinds of cards if they want to accept Visa … Continue reading

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

Target Data Breach Pits Banks Against Retailers Banks and big retailers are locked in a debate over the breach of consumer data that gripped Target during the holiday season. At issue: Which industry bears more responsibility for protecting consumers' personal … Continue reading

Why the United States Hasn’t Changed Its Credit Card System

With the recent data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels, many consumers are asking why the United States has been so slow to move away from the magnetic strip credit card. Europe has made great strides to adopt chip … Continue reading

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

Were You Charged $9.84? It Might Be Fraud Be on the lookout for a recent $9.84 charge on your debit or credit card. It might be part of a massive, worldwide scam. Thieves are using stolen payment cards to make … Continue reading

The Move to EMV Credit Cards

For years, the United States has lagged behind the rest of the world on moving to more secure EMV credit cards. Consumers have not asked for them, so credit card issuers and retailers have not made the costly switch. But the recent data thefts at … Continue reading

New Google Wallet Card Lacks Convenience and Versatility

When Google first announced plans to issue a Google Wallet prepaid card, thousands of people signed up for the opportunity. This was supposed to be a tangible product for a mobile application that would make Google Wallet more widespread and … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 31, 2013

Why Business Credit Card Holders Should Be Wary A majority of small business owners know their personal and business finances are connected. If they apply for a small business loan, the bank will likely need their personal credit score. Miss … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–April 26, 2013

U.S. Amasses Big Data on 10 Million People, Banks Protest The CFPB is working towards monitoring how millions of Americans use credit cards, take out mortgages, and overdraw their checking accounts, but bankers aren't happy about it. The CFPB wants access … Continue reading

The Movement Toward Chip-Based Credit Cards

Educational initiatives on the U.S. transition to secure chip-based credit card payment systems was one of the top priorities for 2013 to come out of the 6th annual Smart Card Alliance Payments Summit, held recently in Salt Lake City, Utah. … Continue reading

Top Credit Card Stories of the Year

2012 was a relatively quiet year for the credit card industry. However, there were a number of developments that may have a far-reaching impact in the years to come. Here are the top ten credit card stories of 2012: Swipe … Continue reading

More Options for EMV Credit Cards

Americans are slowly getting more options for EMV chip credit cards for overseas travel. The EMV (stands for EuroPay, MasterCard and Visa) chip has replaced the magnetic stripe in most countries but the United States, and this has created problems for travelers … Continue reading

More Issuers Adding Chip Technology to Credit Cards

There is good news for international travelers. Banks are adding chip technology, also known as EMV, to more international credit cards. Using the old magnetic strip credit card outside the United States has become somewhat of an ordeal for travelers. Many … Continue reading