While breach-fatigued retailers work to reduce the theft of their customers’ plastic-payment data, scammers have turned their focus to stealing card details at the ATM.
In an era in which online accounts can be cracked with sophisticated software or a hacker’s ingenuity, taking an extra step when you log in can give you miles in added protection — even when using “strong” passwords.
Since debuting in late October, Apple Pay has certainly proved to be easy, convenient and popular. Upstaging previous efforts by Google, eBay and various start-ups, the latest mobile-wallet venture is now accepted at some 700,000 locations across the United States and has 2,500 partnering banks and institutions.
The typical cellphone user upgrades every 18 months. Trade-in programs like those recently announced by Apple and Walmart could spark even quicker stampedes for the latest-and-greatest models - with turned-in phones still full of personal data.
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