They loaded your card.
Now what?

Posted by on October 1, 2018 at 7:03 pm

THE GOOD news for your financial institution is that it’s fairly easy for clients to add your card to a digital wallet.  The bad news is that it’s fairly easy to add everyone else’s card, too. Or, they can bypass your card entirely with store cards paid via store websites. I need hardly point out [...]

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
And it’s not too late to put it to work

Posted by on September 19, 2018 at 1:55 pm

I am the first to admit that when it comes names of commemorative months, National Cyber Security Awareness Month isn’t the sexiest. Reducing it to the initialism NCSAM makes it easier to write, but not easier to pronounce—En-see-sam? Nik-sam? Ink-sam?—and it it doesn’t help in the sexiness department, either.  Perhaps that’s why, even though NCSAM has been [...]

Not bad for a 20-year-old
Happy birthday, Google

Posted by on September 12, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Hard to believe: Google launched 20 years ago this month. By accident or design, its name is a misspelling of the number googol. If it was by accident, you have to wonder why founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin didn’t bother googling the correct spelling. Playing trademark roulette Not long after the Google’s appearance in 1998, google became [...]

Tips from professional
fact checkers

Posted by on September 7, 2018 at 3:25 pm

IT’S NO LONGER NEWS that fake news is constantly in the news. Nor is it news that fake news purveyors have turned the term on its head, applying it to verified facts when they happen to prove inconvenient, or to attract larger audiences in order to increase advertising revenues.  If the fake news phenomenon was [...]

The pros at cons

Posted by on August 17, 2018 at 3:25 pm

Popular movies like American Hustle, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Sting, and Catch Me If You Can show that audiences like a good con artist story. The films even manipulate—con?—us into rooting for the bad guy, our consciences somehow assuaged by marks who deserve or at least can afford the loss. The deserving-mark trope entertains, but in real life cons hurt [...]