Is It Safe to Swipe Your Credit Card in a Taxi?
News from ABC News:

Here’s a warning that caught our eye: A sticker in the window of a taxi warning riders in Dallas that if they try to pay by credit card, their identities may be stolen. The sticker was captured by Cory Doctorow, an editor for Boingboing.net. “WARNING,” the sticker read. “The method used to authenticate credit card transactions for approval is not secure and personal information is subject to being intercepted by unauthorized personnel.”

[Related article: Obama Unveils Privacy Bill of Rights]

Wow. That sounds really bad. But is it? That’s hard to say, according to Ondrej Krehel, information security officer at Identity Theft 911. The real answer may be the simplest, Krehel says: many taxi drivers simply prefer their fares to pay with cash instead of credit. “My first thought is whether this is just the driver trying to get people to use cash,” Krehel says.

Doctorow didn’t speak to the driver about the sticker, but the UK-based author, activist, journalist and blogger did have an interesting conversation with another cabbie during his trip to Dallas. “I noticed on the way from the airport that the driver of a different cab was rea…………… continues on ABC News

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Home Furnishings Independents Association Selects TD Retail Card Services …
News from Sacramento Bee:

/PRNewswire/ — The Home Furnishings Independents Association (HFIA) has selected TD Retail Card Services’ Renovate Card private label credit program for use by its 1,100 retail members nationwide.

Under the agreement, the Mahwah, N.J-based business unit of TD Bank, N.A., will offer participating members the full range of services, custom financing options and other special benefits¬†associated with the Renovate Card. Created specifically for the home furnishings sector, the Renovate Card is a revolving private label consumer credit card that can be used for purchases of products or services at any merchant participating in the program. Merchants opening the individual consumer’s account can have their store’s name embossed on the card.

Retailers participating in the program will be able to offer their customers a variety of special financing options, including six no-interest programs, as well as low-APR programs.

Founded in 1923, HFIA is one of the nation’s largest retail trade associations. The Dallas-based organization offers independent home furnishings dealers business tools and solutions to help them operate more efficiently and, in return, more profitably. Members in the trade organization enjoy benefits designed specifically for their businesses, helping them save…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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