Audio player loading… Cybersecurity researchers have spotted new versions of a known Point of Sale (PoS) malware (opens in new tab) that blocks advanced features to be able to steal credit card data. The team from Kaspersky observed the Prilex PoS malware versions 06.03.8070, 06.03.8072, and 06.03.8080, in the wild. These versions were released in November 2022, and prevent the terminal from accepting contactless credit card transactions. Contactless transactions, made possible due to near-field communication (NFC) chips found in both PoS terminals on one end, and credit/debit cards, smartphones and smart watches on the other, exploded in popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic. The technology allows consumers to purchase goods and services without actually inserting their credit cards, making it almost impossible for hackers to steal the data via PoS malware. Swiping away the data However to work around this issue, the threat actors deployed a new … [Read more...] about This PoS malware blocks contactless payments to steal credit card data
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Once a week we dip into the reader mailbag and answer your tech questions. This week we’re looking at mobile credit card processing for Android, resizing hard drive partitions, and tethering your Android phone to your laptop. Mobile Credit Card Processing for Android Dear How-To Geek, I am an independent business owner that does all of my work in the field. I currently can only accept cash and checks as payment from my clients. I think being able to accept credit cards would help expand my business. I was wondering what the best, most secure and cost effective app for Android is that will allow me to accept credit cards over my phone? Sincerely, Seeking Better Business Strategies Dear Seeking, Since we don’t use mobile credit card readers around the HTG office, this would be a great time for readers with field experience to sound off with their Android-based solutions. That said, we can point you in the right direction. While there are a smattering of credit … [Read more...] about Ask HTG: Smartphone Credit Card Apps, Resizing Partitions, and Android Tethering
Too funny: In a freak series of seemingly random events, a Switch owner's pet fish accessed his eShop account and added funds to it using his credit card. The crime was caught on video during an unsupervised live stream. Hundreds of viewers watched as the little fish stole their owner's identity while he was gone. The entire heist started as an experiment to see if fish could complete Pokémon Scarlet and Violet unassisted. To do it, Japanese YouTuber "Mutekimaru Channel" set up a webcam focused on his fish bowl. Motion-tracking software monitored the fish as they swam across an overlaid grid populated with controller inputs. If a fish paused or changed direction, the correlating controller input registered in the game. Mutekimaru had done this experiment before. In 2020, his fish successfully completed the test, finishing Pokémon Sapphire in about 3,195 hours — something an actively playing human could do in around 30. However, this time around, things did not go as quite as … [Read more...] about Pet fish commits credit card fraud on owner using a Nintendo Switch
President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled fresh efforts to slash credit card late fees and drive down the prices that Apple Inc and Google parent Alphabet Inc charge on mobile app stores. The move is part of a larger policy drive to promote competition in consumer markets, officials said. Speaking at the White House , Biden also called on lawmakers to ban "junk fees," which he said jacked up costs for consumer services such as accommodation, concert tickets, mobile plans and air travel, in which officials said air carriers can charge family members extra to be seated next to young children. Read Also Google may soon let users translate text within images in Chrome Google plans to add Microsoft 365 integration to ChromeOS "The bottom line is these unfair fees add up. It's a basic question of fairness," Biden told reporters. Biden has been beating the drum on inflation, criticizing Republicans who now control the House … [Read more...] about google: President Joe Biden moves to slash US credit card fees, app charges
Audio player loading… Instant cameras have been booming again lately, with new models like the Polaroid Go and Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 recently arriving for new analogue thrills. But with both brands having huge heritage in the field, which one deserves to win the great 'Polaroid vs Instax' debate? And how do you decide which is the best instant camera for you? That's a tough question, but one we're in a good position to answer having grown up with the original cameras (even if that does give away how old we are). Today's Polaroid and Instax ranges have never been in better health, but to really understand the brands we need to step back into their origin stories. These are the best instant cameras of 2021 Or check out our in-depth Polaroid Now review Discover the best film cameras in the world Instant film has been giving photographers almost immediate results since the medium's inception in the 1940s. By using chemical reactions to self-develop each … [Read more...] about Polaroid vs Instax: which is the best instant camera brand?
Audio player loading… Which is the best cloud storage site for your photos: Google Photos or Amazon Photos ? When it comes to photo cloud storage , Google and Amazon both offer very easy-to-use platforms for keeping your photos secure online. Better yet, you can also get some free cloud storage without needing to subscribe. The Google Photos vs Amazon Photos debate isn’t easily solved. Both make it easy to sync, organize, and manage your photo library across desktop and mobile devices. They also feature useful search and filtering tools to help you find specific snaps, as well as handy sharing options for sending snaps to friends and family. There are even built-in online photo printing services to order physical photographs. To help you choose the right photo storage and sharing site for you, we’ve compared Google Photos and Amazon Photos, looking at all the pros and cons, from price to photo editor tools. Read more: How to backup to … [Read more...] about Google Photos vs Amazon Photos: which is the best photo cloud storage?
You can stream UFC 283's main card only on ESPN+ , which is included with the Disney Bundle . Preliminary bouts will stream on UFC Fight Pass as well as ABC and ESPN, which are available with many live TV streaming subscriptions. Two top championships will be decided at UFC 283 , broadcast live from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 21, 2023, at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Here’s how and where to stream it live. How to Stream UFC 283 Live in the United States Play Video UFC 283’s main card streams exclusively on ESPN+ in the United States. Current subscribers to ESPN+ ($9.99 per month or $99.99 per year) or the Disney Bundle (featuring ESPN+, Disney+ , and Hulu for $12.99+ per month) can purchase the UFC 283 broadcast for an additional $79.99. New subscribers can get a year of ESPN+ along with the UFC 283 broadcast for $124.98. After the light heavyweight championship match between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 282 ended in a draw, Glover … [Read more...] about How to Watch UFC 283 Teixeira vs Hill Live Online
Apple dropped a ton of surprises on us with its reveal of its latest silicon, the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, and those chips will be powering two of the latest line of Macbook Pros, the MacBook Pro 16-inch (2023) models. Thanks to these powered-up chips, the MacBook Pro 16-inch (2023) will most likely be making our list of the best MacBooks once we have a chance to review them , but how does this refresh hold up to the MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) model? Is it worth double-dipping or should you hold off until another model launches sometime in the future before upgrading from the 2021 model? Answering these questions can be tricky, especially with not much concrete information out there right now for the 2023 model. Considering that there’s a noticeable price difference between the two versions and that choice is even harder. To make it easier to find out which is right for you, we’ve put the two head-to-head to find the advantages of both chips depending on your needs … [Read more...] about MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) vs MacBook Pro 16-inch (2023): which should you get?
Audio player loading… Sony has rolled out its new PS Plus gift cards at retailers but has somehow managed to botch the job. In the runup to its revamped PS Plus service, Sony seemed to be pulling its PS Now and old PS Plus gift cards from stores. With the rush to snap up cards and stack them for discounted subscriptions , the move to whip them off retailers' shelves made sense. Now that the overhauled PS Plus has rolled out, the gift cards are popping up on online storefronts. But Sony has either done a really shoddy job of it or hasn't given retailers the proper info because the listings are causing some serious confusion. God help any hapless parents striking out into unfamiliar gaming territory to buy one. Spotted by Push Square (opens in new tab) , the new cards seem to be a combination of straight-up PS Store credit, gift cards explicitly for PS Plus membership, and PS Store gift cards that are clearly supposed to be for additional membership tiers … [Read more...] about New PS Plus gift cards are a confusing mess
The best mobile payment apps make it simple and easy to pay for goods and services, and all by using nothing more than an app installed on your smartphone. Mobile apps providing contactless payments have become common since the introduction of Near Field Communication ( NFC ), turning individual smartphones into the equivalent of a payment card. Just as like contactless credit and debit cards, however, mobile payments have their limitations - but they also have their fees, and sometimes these aren't always so clear. Therefore as mobile apps deliver on the promise of the digital wallet they are changing and expanding the way we pay for things in everyday life. They excel at small transactions, avoiding the need for having cash, and this can apply not just when shopping but also for everyday items. However, as well as contactless payments, mobile payment apps can also be great for sending money to people you know, such as friends or family, or paying traders directly. … [Read more...] about Best mobile payment apps of 2023