The U.S. lags in math, reading, and credit cards

The rest of the western world has figured out how to dramatically reduce identity theft and credit card fraud.

We, however, still use magnetic stripes. Stripes that can be so easily cloned and copied.

And even though the credit card industry is rigorous about prosecuting fraud, they haven’t taken the single, fairly simple, if admittedly not cheap, step to solving the problem.

It’s cheap enough, however, for 80 other countries to have upgraded. Instead of magnetic stripes, which contain a single code for all time, smart cards are like one-time only pads that spies used to use. The smart card’s microprocessor talks to the machine you’re transacting with, verifies its identity, and then transmits an encrypted code that the outbound machine verifies. Humans don’t see the digital intercourse. The transaction is secure.