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What Does Facebook's Libra Mean for Online and Mobile Payments?

Posted on Aug 06, 2019
In June, Facebook announced Libra, a cryptocurrency that allows Facebook users to make purchases or send money to other Facebook users without any fees attached to these transactions. You can use it online, at exchange points that include certain retailers, through a third-party wallet app, or as part of Facebook’s Calibra wallet. It is set to launch for public use during the first half of 2020.
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Topics: Due.com Partner Posts, Mobile Payments, E-Commerce and Online Payments, Payment Technology, Payment Trends, Consumer Education

Social Commerce: Are Facebook (Or Other Platforms) Payments Safe?

Posted on Jul 23, 2019
Social media is everywhere. And we use platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to literally run our lives, whether it’s to: Connect with friends Plan upcoming events Find jobs (as a candidate) Find customers (as a business) It only makes sense that these platforms would add payment functionality. In fact, Facebook already makes it possible to host fundraisers for parties and charity drives. And it recently introduced the world’s first social media cryptocurrency — Libra.
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Topics: E-Commerce and Online Payments, Small Business Tips, Payment Trends, Consumer Education

4 Real-Life Credit Card Fraud Stories That Didn’t End Well for the Criminal

Posted on Jun 20, 2019
In the United States, we hear about credit card fraud all the time — usually presented as horrifying statistics. For example: Fraudulent losses from online credit card transactions now exceed $6.4 billion annually. Retailers lose an estimated $16 billion from chargeback (or “friendly”) fraud globally. Ultimately, these are just numbers. It sometimes helps to put faces to these statistics to truly understand the scope of this growing problem.
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Consumer Education

What is Apple Card?

Posted on May 23, 2019
What do you do when:  Your App Store brings in $11 billion annually?  You’ve sold more than 2 billion phones worldwide?  You’re company’s valuation exceeds $1 trillion?  The answer is simple.  You go into mobile payments, of course. That’s precisely what Apple did with the introduction of Apple Pay — a virtual wallet that allows users to link credit cards to their phones, whether they’re shopping:  On an e-commerce site  Within the App Store  In-person at a retail store
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Topics: Payment Technology, Payment Trends, Consumer Education

Differences Between Prepaid, Debit, and Gift Cards

Posted on May 02, 2019
According to The  Nilson Report, payment cards generate more than $6.5 trillion in purchase volume annually in the U.S.  That’s a lot of money.  As a merchant, it obviously makes sense to add “plastic” to your list of accepted payment options. Doing so allows you to tap into this multitrillion-dollar pie.However, this volume includes many types of plastic, with credit cards generating the largest share at $3.7 trillion a year.
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Topics: Small Business Tips, Getting Started with Payments, Awareness, Consumer Education

Is RFID-Blocking Technology Legit?

Posted on Apr 11, 2019
Radiofrequency identification (RFID) is a type of wireless technology used to communicate with items over short distances. Warehouses and stores, for example, often use RFID tagging to track inventory.  However, many credit cards use a subset of RFID technology — known as near field communication (NFC) — to initiate contactless payments.
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Consumer Education

Equifax vs. Experian vs. TransUnion

Posted on Mar 26, 2019
Credit reporting agencies (aka credit bureaus) are responsible for collecting consumer credit data that businesses then use when assessing a person’s ability to meet certain financial obligations: A bank, for example, might use a borrower’s credit score to determine what interest rates to charge. The lower the score, the greater the risk of not being paid back. As such, that lender would likely charge a higher interest rate.
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Topics: Awareness, Consumer Education

The Evolution of Your Credit Score

Posted on Mar 19, 2019
March is National Credit Awareness Month — that special time of year when everyone is encouraged to sort their finances and climb out of debt.  To accomplish either of these goals, improving your personal credit score is essential.  Ranging anywhere from 300 to 850, credit scores may seem somewhat arbitrary. After all, how can you accurately capture a person’s financial health with a simple three-digit number?
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Topics: Small Business Tips, Awareness, Consumer Education

4 Tips for Paying off Debt

Posted on Mar 12, 2019
Americans have a love/hate relationship with debt. Credit cards and cheap financing allow us to enjoy perks we wouldn’t normally be able to afford. Yet, as the numbers below illustrate, this convenience and access can quickly get out of control.  Nationwide, total household debt is now approaching $13 trillion — an amount that has steadily risen over the past four years.
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Topics: Small Business Tips, Awareness, Consumer Education

How Secure Are NFC Payments?

Posted on Feb 16, 2017
Short for “near field communication”, NFC allows devices in close proximity to wirelessly transfer data back and forth. The technology is very similar to Bluetooth, but NFC uses far less power and works over much shorter distances.
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Topics: Mobile Payments, Payment Technology, PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips, Payment Trends, Consumer Education

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