Month: December 2019

Chinese Hackers Were Successfully Able to Bypass 2FA

On December 19, the cyber security firm Fox-IT, which is headquartered in the Netherlands, reported that they discovered a previously-unknown infiltration of managed service provider and government computer systems in at least 10 countries, including the United States, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain. These systems covered a wide range …

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Plenty of Cheer During the 2019 U.S. Holiday Shopping Season

The numbers are in for the 2019 holiday shopping season, the final one of the decade, and retailers were pleased to learn that overall sales increased by nearly 3.5% compared to last year. Starting on Black Friday and culminating with last-minute shopping on Christmas Eve, retailers were definitely in the black this season, and this …

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Google Comes Under Scrutiny for Acquisition of Cloud Data Science Firm

Just one week before Christmas, the Competition and Markets Authority of the United Kingdom made an announcement that may have played a part on shares of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, losing nearly 3% on the Nasdaq. Usually, announcements related to information security issues tend to have an immediate effect on company stock, but …

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How Should I Choose a Credit Card Processor for My Restaurant?

Because restaurants operate on thin profit margins, restaurateurs must leverage every payment type to attract every type of customer while simultaneously leveraging the support of their credit card processor. Business owners don’t have time to waste on deciphering complex credit card processing fees during their monthly reconciliation. Nor do they have the luxury of refusing …

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Five Things to Consider When Switching Merchant Services Providers

Because of the complexity of credit card processing, it’s hard to know when or if to switch merchant services providers. With the added confusion of automatically renewed contracts, equipment leases, and hidden fees, a business may feel it needs to outsource the research on their already outsourced credit card processor. Here are five things to …

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How the New Colorado Digital Driver’s License Works

The United States is one of about a dozen countries without a mandatory national identification document; for this reason, driver’s licenses, state ID cards, passports, and even social security numbers have served as alternatives to a federal identification system that both conservatives and liberals cannot seem to agree on. Starting in October 2020, the Real …

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Wearable Devices Are Becoming More Attractive as Digital Wallets

The cashless paradigm has gone from credit and debit cards to smartphones, and the next logical step appears to be wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers; however, it should be noted that wearable digital payment systems do not necessarily need to be part of smart devices. In early 2017, market research firm Tractica …

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A Digital Version of the Dollar Will Take Longer Than Expected

In the world of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin is the leading token in terms of circulation, but this has a lot to do with being the most valuable digital asset, which means that most transactions are related to speculative trading and investing. Ripple, a centralized digital currency that trades under the symbol XRP, gets more circulation than …

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Top Mobile Payment Trends for 2020

Juniper Research analytics estimates two billion people will use mobile banking by 2020. Already outnumbering desktop connections, mobile users’ first banking experience is via a mobile device in developing countries.  While dealing with complex regulatory compliance, banks are also charged with creating a more secure authentication system for their mobile banking security. In an ever-changing …

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More Than a Million T-Mobile Prepaid Customers Impacted by Data Breach

In the United States, prepaid wireless services took a while to catch on; while customer demand was certainly there from the beginning, telecoms were somewhat apprehensive about deviating from the tried-and-true service contract and monthly billing arrangements. Eventually, American providers of wireless services gave into demand, and they marketed this option as being more convenient, …

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