Free credit freezes arriving soon

Credit freezes are regularly used by consumers looking to add an extra layer of protection to their credit. A credit freeze restricts access to your credit file, making it harder for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name. Previously, consumers would have to pay a fee to activate their credit freeze, but a new…

Beware of a new con called “shimming”

Scammers have typically harvested your payment information with skimmers – a device inserted into ATMs and other payment terminals where you swipe your credit or debit card. The downfall for thieves is EMV cards, the chip located on your debit or credit card, reduce the severity of card skimming due to the manner in which…

Takata airbag recall triples in size

What the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history”, is expected to impact more than 37 million vehicles in the U.S. that were made by part supplier Takata. According to Consumer Reports, the airbags were installed in cars made by 19 different automakers from…

Shop with these brands? Your data may be compromised

Data breaches are all too common these days as restaurants and retailers are announcing more frequently that consumer’s personal information have been compromised. According to Business Insider, many of them are caused by flaws in payment systems, either online or in stores. Here’s a list of known data breaches thus far in 2018: Sears –…

Tech Support Scam Resurfaces

After two years of being shut down, a Microsoft tech-support scam has resurfaced with a new twist according to SC Media. The anti-malware software firm, Malwarebytes, helped uncover the original scam two years ago and once again spotted the threat. Here’s how the scam works: A victim’s computer will receive a pop-up ad enabled with a…

Decrypting Cryptocurrencies

The use of cryptocurrencies to make transactions online has grown in popularity over the past few years, but only one has begun to dominate the market – bitcoin. According to Bitcoin.com, there are currently 16.67 million Bitcoins in supply with 12,000 online transactions made per hour. Several businesses in major Texas cities like San Antonio and…

How to protect yourself against credit card skimming

Reports of credit card skimmers at gas pumps continue to pop up throughout Travis County. Recently, Travis County deputies announced a crack down on credit card skimmers in the Wells Branch area over the past few weeks.