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    Read about new point-of-sale malware called BlackPOS

    A new piece of malware that infects point-of-sale (POS) systems has already been used to compromise thousands of payment cards belonging to customers of U.S. banks, according to researchers from Group-IB, a security and computer forensics company based in Russia.
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    what can consumers do if anything to protect ourselves

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    Learn what to do correctly. Get as smart as 'hackers'. Pray. typ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by speedball View Post
    what can consumers do if anything to protect ourselves
    From the article:
    Companies should restrict remote access to their POS systems to a limited set of trusted IP (Internet Protocol) addresses and should make sure that all security patches are installed for the software running on them, Komarov said. All actions performed on such systems should be monitored, he said.
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    Use your credit or bank cards judiciously and always check your statements on a regular basis, so one can catch things early and refute them.
    One also doesn't need to be going to a fast food joint and paying with a bank or credit card.
    It also pays to bank through institution that has cyber security as one of their higher priorities.
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    Use Paypal whenever possible when doing online purchases. One feature I really like with Paypal is that whenever I do anything with my Paypal account, they send a text message to my cell phone with a code that I am required to type in when I log into Paypal. The code does three things:
    1. Increases the encryption level.
    2. Won't let you into my acct without the code.
    3. Alerts me that someone is trying to get into my acct (if I receive a Paypal text message).

    My insurance company also uses the text message / code. Facebook does too.

    Also, get cash from the ATM and buy with that rather than with your credit/debit card.

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    companies wont do squat

    is there anything we can do to protect ourselves when they dont care ?

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    Also, get cash from the ATM and buy with that rather than with your credit/debit card.
    Bad advice on large purchases. Credit cards offer a lot of protection for purchases gone bad that you don't get with cash or Debit cards. I also get an extra year of warranty on my Amex card purchases. As long as you check and report phony credit card purchases in a timely manner, you are not liable for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    One feature I really like with Paypal is that whenever I do anything with my Paypal account, they send a text message to my cell phone with a code that I am required to type in when I log into Paypal.
    How do you set that up? When I login to Paypal it is just like logging in anywhere else: username and password. And will it work through email for someone who does not receive text messages?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspacer View Post
    How do you set that up? When I login to Paypal it is just like logging in anywhere else: username and password. And will it work through email for someone who does not receive text messages?
    I don't recall off the top of my head, and I can't get to Paypal right now to look it up. But I believe it's under Security or something like that.

    I don't know if they will send the code via email.

    Having the code sent to your cell phone allows you to know at any time if someone is trying to hack your account, because if they do, you will get the Paypal text message. It is therefore worth it, even if you have to pay each time you receive a text message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
    Read about new point-of-sale malware called BlackPOS

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    Not so new. That article is nearly a year old, and it's the program which was used in last year's Target hack:

    "The massive data breach at Target during the 2013 holiday shopping season which the retailer now admits affected 70 million customers used an inexpensive "off the shelf" malware known as BlackPOS."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspacer View Post
    How do you set that up? When I login to Paypal it is just like logging in anywhere else: username and password. And will it work through email for someone who does not receive text messages?
    mrjimphelps is talking about having set up his mobile as the PayPal Security Key using SMS (not email) for 2-factor authentication when he logs in to PayPal.

    You can set this up yourself by logging into your PayPal account then click on Profile > My Account Settings > Security Key > Get started.

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    You can also get an app for your smartphone.

    Note that some people are experiencing issues with PayPay Security Key.

    Hope this helps...

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    That does explain it well. Thank you. And it raises an all new dilemma. I don't trust my smart phone. No, I'm not paranoid in general, but it's an Android and I'm sure Google knows way too much about me already. So receiving this warning from Paypal makes my account safer, but it also puts Paypal info onto my phone. I am nostalgic for the days when computers were my servant, not just a mechanism for emptying my wallet. I can do that well enough on my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspacer View Post
    I am nostalgic for the days when computers were my servant, not just a mechanism for emptying my wallet. I can do that well enough on my own.
    ROFL... very well put!

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    The post is on 2013-3-30 8:40.
    The source linked to (PCWorld) is dated March 28, 2013, nearly a year ago.
    What is going on?
    Is there a solution already today?

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