Buzz Out Loud 1462: May the Fourth Be With You (Podcast)
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Molly WoodFormer Executive Editor
Molly Wood was an executive editor at CNET, author of the Molly Rants blog, and host of the tech show, Always On. When she's not enraging fanboys of all stripes, she can be found offering tech opinions on CBS and elsewhere, and offering opinions on everything else to anyone who will listen.
Hey buzz crew,
I was listening to you musing on possible solutions to the problem of having credit cards stolen in data breeches, and realized I have a solution. For several years now I have been using my Discover card for any online purchase, because discover has a free feature that allows you can create a single use credit card number when logged into your online account. These numbers will only work at the first merchant they are used for, meaning I can create a single use credit card number for a service like PSN, and if PSN somehow gets hacked and the number is stolen, there is almost no risk to me, because Discover will deny any use of that number at any non PSN merchants. Additionally, you can only have a cetain number of active single use numbers at any one time, so if you’re really parinoid, just spend a few minutes after a data breech creating new single use numbers for your online accounts (PSN, Amazon, etc…), and your stolen single use credit card number is completely useless to the hackers. Hopefully more credit card companies will be adding this feature (and people use it) as the frequency of this sort of data breech grows.
Love the show
Daniel in Colorado
P.S. happy star wars day, May the fourth be with you
I listened to the Podcast today, and you mentioned that you wished there was a credit card that you could use for recurring payments, etc., but was also disposable.
Bank of America has a product called the “”ShopSafe”" credit card. It allows you to instantly generate a random credit card with a user configurable expiration date up to one year. So you can use the random credit card for one purchase, or use it for one year on a recurring basis for such services as the Playstation Network.
The ShopSafe card does have a default credit card, which I carry in my pocket, and all the credit card charges go to that one account.
Thanks for the great shows.
The other night, I had a dream that my friend was asking me if it was okay that he copied music from his computer to his phone (I think it was a Blackberry, not that it matters). Just as I was about to tell him that it should be okay, a group of representatives from Sony drove up to us in an armored Jeep, pointing machine guns at us. What does this say about the music industry, why is Sony trying to incept my dreams, and should I see a therapist?