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8.25.2015

How to avoid credit card security overkill

 When it comes to financial security, you can never be too cautious, can you? Perhaps. While protecting your credit and money is important, it's also possible to go to unnecessary extremes. Here are the most common safety overreactions to transform into sensible defensive practices.
Overreaction: Refusing to give your credit card to a waiter. Much has been reported lately about how waitstaff can take your credit card "in the back," steal its information with a skimmer and then create clone cards. But Annika Stensson, director of media relations for the Washington, D.C.-based National Restaurant Association, says to relax. "Like every other merchant, they must comply with standards, and those requirements have double and triple security," says Stensson. Restaurants "don't store PIN data, the point-of-sale (POS) systems are customized, and they don't use passwords." Bad eggs are weeded out, too. "It's in the best interest of restaurants to keep transactions safe since they rely on repeat customers," says Stensson, stressing that owners and managers aren't afraid to press criminal charges against thieves. 
Sensible: Charge your meal but review receipts. "Check your credit and bank statements and keep your receipts, says Stensson. If you spot a problem, call the restaurant to quickly resolve it, and remember that you won't have to pay fraudulent charges. Look out for increased levels of security against skimming, too. According to Stensson, an more restaurants are offering a "pay at the table" option with handheld POS systems.
How to avoid credit card security overkill
Overreaction: Not purchasing anything online. If you're reluctant to type your credit card numbers into a retailer's website, you're not alone. Forty-eight percent of respondents in a 2010 Center for the Digital Future study reported being very concerned or extremely concerned about privacy when shopping online. However, Hillary Mendelssohn, founder of the online shopping guide, ThePurplebook.com, believes much of the danger is a myth. Besides, she says, you miss out on a lot when just sticking to brick-and-mortar stores, including "the ability to have the entire shopping world at your fingertips, the convenience of having things delivered and getting better deals."
Sensible: Look for the "s."  Before charging, make sure the page of the website where you enter your card information begins with "https" rather than just "http." The "s" stands for secure. Mendelssohn also recommends looking for the seal of an outside security company, such as the TRUSTe symbol at the bottom of every CreditCards.com page, and to never give your credit card information as payment via email.
Overreaction: Completely rejecting credit. A cash-only lifestyle may appear safer than one that incorporates credit, but that's just not so, says Boston identity theft expert and McAfee consultant Robert Siciliano. "Credit is safer than cash," says Siciliano. "I don't worry about my credit cards or fraud at all. I use it over the phone, in real life, online, everywhere." After all, lost or stolen cash is gone for good, but if someone else uses your plastic, you won't have to pay for the fraudulent charges. More, if you avoid borrowing from a bank altogether, you won't build a credit score and history -- a requirement if you ever want to finance a home.
Sensible: Charge, but check. Use credit, but "pay attention to your statements," says Siciliano. "Check them online at a minimum every month. Every two weeks is better -- this way you can monitor fraud as well as your spending."
Overreaction: Being too afraid to get help. "Credit counseling will ruin my credit!" "They're going to yell at me!" Such are the fearful cries of millions of debt-ridden cardholders, but the reality is the opposite. Agencies never alert credit bureaus or creditors that you've had an appointment, and counselors won't judge or scold you. They will, however, develop a budget and offer a set of options you can take to deal with your financial troubles. If you pay your debt via their debt management plan, a lender can perceive it negatively, but it's not calculated into a credit score.
Sensible: Seek out reputable assistance. Real help does exist, but to know you're in the right place, make sure the agency belongs to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling or the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies, the major accrediting agencies in the credit counseling industry.
Overreaction: Pulling credit reports constantly. Should you keep a close watch on your credit reports? Absolutely! But John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education for the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based company SmartCredit.com warns against going overboard. "It's definitely unhealthy and not necessary to check your reports every day or every week," says Ulzheimer. "The information won't change that rapidly, so it's a waste of time and money." 
Sensible: Pull reports annually. Under most circumstances, getting your consumer credit reports at AnnualCreditReport.com once a year for free is adequate. However, says Ulzheimer, if you've had past experience with identity theft, be more diligent. "Quarterly is a healthy frequency," he says. In that case, he also suggests subscribing to a credit monitoring service, as it can be more efficient and less stressful than doing it on your own.
With so much press about identity theft and fraud, it's easy to become overly skittish about having and using credit. But don't let it stop you from taking advantage of the conveniences and protection it offers. A few smart precautions can go a long way.
See related: Affluent are more often victims of ID theft, How to check for, fix ID theft or fraud, Credit monitoring services: How to pick the best one

5.30.2015

No Cash? No Problem.

Your Visa card is so much more than an ATM card – it’s your key to safe, convenient payments – every day, everywhere.
Visa cards are widely accepted at merchants across Egypt and abroad. It’s not only for expensive, high-value purchases but also for your every day spending:
·         Grocery shopping
·         In the pharmacy
·         Mobile bill payment
·         Your morning coffee
·         Lunch-time take-away
·         Online shopping and much more

Wave goodbye to cash!
Here’s the plus side. Visa has much more to offer you than cash!
·         Convenience
You no longer have to waste time standing in ATM queues. Simply pay with your Visa card at the till or check out point – it’s as quick as keying in your PIN and waiting for the approval
·         Security

A Visa card is far safer than carrying cash around. If your Visa card gets lost or stolen, you can immediately report it with Visa or your bank and have the card blocked. Visa also monitors and detects suspicious and fraudulent transactions on your account.
Learn more on how to keep your cardsafe!
·         Money Management
You will have a record of all your transactions and payments on your bank statement, which will show the merchant’s name and transaction amount - allowing you to keep track of your spending and stay on target with your budget. Your Visa card offers you the ability to control your budget and manage your money.
So don’t delay. Make the change to paying conveniently, easily and safely, today – every day and everywhere.
·         Name drop what your Visa card can shop to win!
This shopping challenge, should you choose to accept it, requires lots of speed and heaps of imagination. Want to know what we have in store for our Visa cardholders in Egypt? Then wave boredom goodbye and follow the fun all the way to our social media channels.

There are two ways to win a US$1,000 Visa Gift Card:

Between 6th – 13th May

Use the hashtag #cash2card to tweet about the everyday items you can buy with your Visa Card on twitter (as many as you can fit in 140 characters). Don’t forget to tag @visamiddleeast

Between 13th May – 5th June

Film yourself naming items you can purchase with your Visa Card (as many as you can say in 15 seconds). Upload your video on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram channels using the hashtag #cash2card for a chance to win. Don’t forget to tag @visamiddleeast and set your post settings to public so that everyone can see what you can buy.
Cash, be gone!

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Your Visa card offers you more than money!
Benefit from an array of exclusive offers that only Visa can bring you!



6.23.2008

Earn money with Widget Bucks



Widget Bucks fea pay-per-click shopping widgets that help our customers make money fast. They instantly display the most popular products based on buying trends of 100 million shoppers. Thus they are
highly engaging, which means instant dollars for our customers. Our widgets see $3-$6 CPM — pretty good compared to traditional ad networks that deliver less than $2 CPM
started withWidgetBucksaround 2 month ago.
On my first 2 weeks with the program I didn't get any clicks, I was pretty disappointed and I was thinking about taking the ads off my blogs but then I changed my mind because I had them only for 2 weeks and I think that to be successful you have to keep trying so I changed the ads placement and on the 3rd week I got 3 clicks and with just 3 clicks I made $1.50 which I think is pretty good. With google adsense most of the time with 3 click I make like 0.15 cents.
So since then I have been getting more clicks every week and each click make me between 0.45 and 0.55 cents.
I think that WidgetBucks
is a very good way to make money online if you have a blog or website.
Remember that to make money online you have to be consistent, is not easy but if you put some work on it you will start seen good results.

WidgetBucks is based on pay-per-click, just like Google Adsense. You are paid for each click made on an ad by a legitimate website visitor.
There are also 2 other ways to make money with WidgetBucks
one is by CPM, or Cost-Per-Thousand and also you can make money by refering other people to this Free service.

Remember that like any other Pay per click service you can not click on your own ads, if you do it your account will be suspended.


There are three ways to make money from WidgetBucks
:PPC, or Pay-Per-Click ads. Each time a user from the U.S. or Canada clicks on a WidgetBucks ad widget on your site, you get paid.
CPM, or Cost-Per-Thousand Impressions. When a user from outside the U.S. and Canada views one of your pages that contains a CPM ad from one of WidgetBucks' ad partners, you earn revenue.
Referrals. When you refer a newWidgetBucks
user, you will receive a 5 percent referral fee based on the commissions earned by the people you refer. You'll receive this 5 percent for the full 12 months after the new member joins.

WidgetBucks
is a very easy publisher programs. To make a New Widget just go to The "New Widget" screen, and on that page you have all the simple steps you have to follow to make your ads. Name and identify where the widget will be seen. Next, select a widget size, and a product rotation interval, one of the best sizes to use is the 300 x 250 ads or the 100x600 ads but the best way to find out which are best for you is to experiment with them try different sizes and placements and check out which ones works best for you.

Select a color scheme to apply to your ads - make it match your site's color scheme as much as possible so the blend with your content and they look like a part of your website or blog!

The last step is where you can select the broad and sub-categories of products you'd like to see featured in your ad, while you are making all these changes you have right there the preview area (not seen in the screenshot above) that dynamically updates and lets you see the exact ad you'll get. Finally, save and add the code to your site - and you're done it can get any easier!

How do I get started?
Getting started with WidgetBucks
is a simple 1-2-3 process. First, sign-up. Second, configure your WidgetBucks
with our easy publishing system. Third, paste the code into your blog or Web page, or use our integration with popular blog platforms such as TypePad, Blogger and WordPress. If you want to change or update your WidgetBucks
in the future, simply sign in and go to My Widgets. As of November 28, 2007, WidgetBucks
requires approval of new accounts in order to maintain network quality and a competitive revenue-per-click for publishers.

Can I post a widget to my blog or publishing platform?

In many cases, a blogging/publishing platform will not allow the user to directly edit/enter HTML directly and/or there are restrictions on including javascript within a post. In these cases, you will not be able to place a widget in a post, but you may be able to add the widget to the sidebar. Sidebars are provided by nearly all blogging/publishing platforms, and they typically support HTML/Javascript. For example, WordPress does not allow certain types of accounts to add Javascript. Blogspot and Typepad are examples of platforms that allow you to place the widget code directly in a blog post and/or in the sidebar. WidgetBucks
currently has direct integration with Blogger and Typepad to add the widget directly to a sidebar. You can also copy/paste the HTML code directly into a blog post on these platforms. Wordpress is also a very popular blogging platform, but has some specific WordPress steps that must be followed to support Javascript within your post. As a rule, if your platform allows you to directly edit HTML, you should be able to post a widget.


Can I put WidgetBucks
on my site if I'm not based in the US?

Yes, as long as the site meets the terms of service. Please be aware that our terms of service does not allow non-english sites, ad-only sites, sites containing pornography or violent images, sites with invalid domains, and of course, click fraud. WidgetBucks
can be placed on any site that has traffic; however, our mostly U.S.-based merchants/advertisers have indicated that they see an extremely low conversion to sale from international clicks, that is, those users from outside the U.S. and Canada. As a result, WidgetBucks
offers the CPM (cost-per-thousand impressions) ads for publishers' international traffic, and the PPC (pay-per-click) model for U.S. and Canada traffic.

What do I have to do to make the PPC or CPM ads work at the right time?
Nothing. WidgetBucks
handles this automatically. At the time a user visits a page containing the widget, we will sense the geographic location of the visitor. If they are in the U.S. and/or Canada, the user will see the normal WidgetBucks
WidgetBucks
. If the user is outside those two countries, then our system will determine a country-specific CPM ad to display. We are currently working with advertisers covering 100 countries and offering thousands of creatives to ensure that most site visitors will be monetized for your benefit. All ads are restricted against adult or other suggestive themes.

If you are an existing publishers running widgets, you will need to replace existing code with new WidgetBucks
ad code on their sites in order to begin earning international CPM revenue. To update your widget(s), simply click "Copy HTML" within the "Customize Your Widget" page for that widget and re-paste/replace the code block into your site. The updated code can also be replaced directly into the Blogger, TypePad or WordPress blogging platforms.

Will WidgetBucks
ever offer PPC widgets for global merchants?
We are looking into additional solutions, including pay-per-click links to global merchants. Most of these longer-term solutions will require additional time to implement so we appreciate your patience as we work toward those.


What can I do about click fraud on my site?
To guard against outside people committing click fraud on a site and widget ads, several of our large publishers have installed scripts that sense when someone at a particular IP address is clicking too fast and too often. The script then blocks that IP address and prevents them from clicking. Thus, their widgets do not show a high number of invalid clicks, and their accounts are not suspended. Publishers who don't have this protection may want to consider installing such a script on their sites.

Does it matter what type of site I have to use WidgetBucks
?
As long as the site meets the terms of service, you can use ads on any kind of site or pages you are looking to monetize. We've seen our shopping widgets be effective on specific product blogs, entertainment sites, or even local search engines. Try out a few different widgets and see what works best for your customers, but regardless, you'll be making money! We have noticed that well-placed, contextual WidgetBucks
ads can yield over very high eCPM, in many cases over $6 eCPM. Location of the ad is important for U.S. and Canada traffic as they are PPC ads, so it needs to be "above the fold" and if you are selecting a specific content category, be sure it applies to your site content. Otherwise, use the MerchSense option and it will snap content to your page automatically based on page content and demographics. Sites that are pornographic in nature, non-english sites, and/or ad-only sites are examples of sites that are not allowed by the Terms of Service.


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