You're Doing It All Wrong
Why you should pay with your phone whenever you canMobile payments have a serious advantage over plastic cards -- and it's not just because you can keep your wallet in your pocket. Sharon Profis explains on "You're Doing it All Wrong."
If you're not paying with your phone whenever you can, you're [SOUND] doing it all wrong. Mobile payments are so much more secure than swiping a plastic credit card and it all has to do with what happens on the backend after you either tap your phone or swipe your card. When you pay with a card, one that doesn't have a chip, your name and credit card number stay with the retailer well after your purchase. So when there are big retail breaches like the ones that happened at Target, Home Depot, Michael's, and so on, your credit card info becomes exposed. Now when you pay with your phone something entirely different happens. Instead of sending the retailer your real credit card number your phone generates a token, or a temporary card number. This means that after that transaction, that card number is essentially useless. By now a lot of android phones and iPhones can handle payment. NFC-enabled Android phones can use Android Pay. The new Samsung phones have Samsung Pay. And of course, there's Apple Pay. More importantly, many of the bigger merchants in the US now accept mobile payments. And as retailers update their payment terminals, that number will just keep growing. And now you're doing it right.