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Mobile Payment Security & Privacy

Cold hard cash is becoming scarce these days. People just don’t carry it around any more. So how do you split a bill at a restaurant or buy from a street vendor? Many people today use mobile payment apps like Venmo, Apple Pay, PayPal, the Cash App, or a service promoted by many US banks …

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Beware QR Code… Articles

[Updated Oct 22, 2022. There are some new dangers since I wrote this article. See below] As of 9am this morning, I’ve seen one too many hair-on-fire “beware QR code” articles. I’m getting really tired of reading breathless, click-bait headlines extolling the dangers of these glorified bar codes. I need to set the record straight. …

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It’s Tax (Scam) Time Again

If you live in the US, you should be receiving all your 2020 tax statements. That means that it’s that time of year again: tax time. Sure, they’re not technically due for another couple months, but now is the time to be proactive if you want to avoid being the victim of a tax scam. …

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