Paying Online with Paypal vs. Paying Online with Blur from Abine

paypal-vs-blurAbine is an online privacy company that helps consumers make private payments in our service called Blur which helps millions of consumers shopping online give out a Virtual Credit Card (which we call a Masked Credit Card) instead of their real credit card.  Since Abine’s privacy solutions have only been used by about 20 million people and Paypal has about 200 million users, a frequent question we’re asked is “How is using Abine Blur’s Masked Cards to protect my credit card when shopping online different from using Paypal?”

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Charities asking for your credit card? Use a Masked Card instead.

santa-salvation-armyIt’s that time of year again; Americans are loosening their belts after overeating during Thanksgiving, and opening their wallets to begin spending for the holidays. Not only are consumers spending on gifts for loved ones, but they’re also focused on charitable giving. As payments have moved to electronic platforms, organizations have to adapt to be able to accept all kinds of payments. Nowadays, charities are accepting credit card payment as a way to receive donations. Read More

So, what happens if Abine’s servers get hacked?

data-breachThese days, the next big data breach announcement is seemingly a weekly occurrence. Often, the companies getting hacked and their associated data breaches are a result of lax security protocols, but it increasingly appears that no one is immune to the growing number of threats, sneaky hacks, and unknown vulnerabilities latent everywhere in software running across the Web.

It makes sense, then, for our customers to challenge us – Abine might mean well and be on a mission to protect my privacy, but won’t you just end up getting hacked like everyone else, including Equifax? Read More

Equifax Woes Continue: Work and Salary History is Public Info

equifaxIn early September, Equifax announced a data breach  that had been discovered in late July, potentially exposing personally identifiable information (PII) of 143 million consumers across the U.S., U.K. and Canada

[READ: Equifax and why Identity Protection needs to be destroyed and recreated]

Now, as being reported by KrebsonSecurity, it’s clear that Equifax’s lack of security within one of their subsidiaries have made it almost too easy for hackers and ID thieves to access detailed employment and salary history of impacted individuals. Read More

Equifax and why Identity Protection needs to be destroyed and recreated

It’s not just Equifax. The entire iequifax_tickerndustry is full of itself, corrupt, and hawking
services with close to zero value. It’s hard to find the perfect words but the best
descriptor for current identity protection is probably simple: “insurance fraud”.
The problem of managing our identity online is real – we live increasingly digital
lives with the inevitable result that our information is more and more exposed.

At the same time hackers and the tools they use for finding data online are always
improving. The Equifax data breach is literally the last demonstration the public
should need to see clearly that big company solutions today claiming to protect our
identities are a joke. They need to be destroyed and recreated from the ground up. Read More