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Why Should You Own a Credit Card?

Before owing a card, you must properly go through the terms and conditions which might be applicable on its ownership

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Opt for a credit card that offers multiple benefits.

A credit card basically works similar to a debit card; the only difference prevailing in its use is that the money would not get deducted from your account instantly, whenever you make a purchase. In fact, it is just like taking a short-term loan for which you may or may not get charged an interest for, depending on the time period during which you pay off that debt. You generally get a grace period to pay off the debt, generally a month in most of the cases, in which case you might not have to pay an interest for the used credits However, if you decide to pay off the debt after the due time, you might have to pay off hefty interest rates. Let us dig a bit deeper into the credit card world to know about them in detail.

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A person using credit card for transaction, Pixabay

Why Own a Credit Card?

Using a credit card wisely can benefit you in a number of ways for your future financial aspects A wisely used card, without any defaults might increase your credit score which can help you get loans in the future at favorable interest rates. Moreover, several banks and financial organizations offer exciting deals on shopping, traveling and other modes of payments along with cashback points which you can redeem on further payments. Moreover, owning and using a card wisely can also help you out in case of financial emergencies.

How to use your Credit Responsibly?

Many people misuse their credits and land up with huge debts along with heavy interest to be paid off. To avoid such situations and make the best out of a card ownership, you must be aware of your limits and must strictly avoid overspending. People usually end up spending a lot more through their credit availability, just because they can than what they can actually pay off by the end of the due date, which lands them up with huge interests to be paid off which keeps on increasing with each passing them. Ownership of a credit card needs critical financial backings along with responsible spending.

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Every financial institutions issuer has different credit card eligibility criteria. Flickr

One can actually make a lot out of a credit usage, make proper use of it in case of emergencies and also lure out a lot of benefit through shopping wisely and collecting back exciting redeemable points. Moreover, using a credit card allows you one-month interest-free usage which you can actually take an advantage of to invest that money properly during that one month and pay back the financial providers within the stipulated time.

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However, before owing a card, you must properly go through the terms and conditions which might be applicable on its ownership, some banks and financial providers might free of cost card usage, along with some credit usage terms, however, some might charge you some annual charges. Going through the interests applicable and any kind of other hidden information and doubts must also be cleared off before opting for any card of any specific bank.

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Security Researchers Find Malware Designed to Steal Money From Banks Grow Over by 60%

Kaspersky Lab said its solutions detected and repelled 843,096,461 malicious attacks from online resources located in 203 countries around the world

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Revealing a worrying global trend, security researchers have found that malware files designed to steal credentials and money from users’ bank accounts rose to around 30,000 in the first quarter of 2019, up from 18,500 in the previous quarter, a growth of over 60 per cent.

Mobile banking Trojans are one of the most rapidly-developing, flexible and dangerous types of malware, said the report from cyber security firmKaspersky Lab.

They usually steal funds directly from mobile users’ bank accounts, but sometimes their purpose is changed to steal other kinds of credentials.

The malware generally looks like a legitimate app, such as a banking application. When a victim tries to reach their genuine bank app, the attackers gain access to that too.

In Q1 2019, Kaspersky Lab detected around 30,000 modifications of various families of banking Trojans, trying to attack 312,235 unique users.

“The rapid rise of mobile financial malware is a troubling sign, especially since we see how criminals are perfecting their distribution mechanisms,” Victor Chebyshev, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, said in a statement.

It is said that the malware is hard to detect due to encryption and other tactics. Pixabay

“For example, a recent tendency is to hide the banking Trojan in a dropper – the shell that is supposed to fly to the device under the security radar, releasing the malicious part only upon arrival,” Chebyshev added.

A new version of the Asacub malware accounted for 58.4 per cent of all banking Trojans that attacked users, said the report.

Asacub first appeared in 2015. The attackers spent two years perfecting its distribution scheme and, as a result, the malware peaked in 2018, when it attacked 13,000 users a day.

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Since then, its rate of spreading has closed down, although it remains a powerful threat – in Q1 2019, Kaspersky Lab detected Asacub targeting 8,200 users a day on average.

To reduce the risk of infection with banking Trojans, users should install applications only from trusted sources, ideally from the official app store, said the security researchers.

Kaspersky Lab said its solutions detected and repelled 843,096,461 malicious attacks from online resources located in 203 countries around the world. (IANS)