Uber Data Breach Impacts 57 Million — Here’s What You Need to Know

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Some 57 million Uber users’ personal information was exposed in October 2016 when the car-hailing company experienced a cyber attack, the company announced Tuesday — more than a year after the occurrence of the incident. 

Some 57 million Uber users’ personal information was exposed in October 2016 when the car-hailing company experienced a cyber attack, the company announced Tuesday — more than a year after the occurrence of the incident. 

Bloomberg reported the company paid $100,000 to the hackers responsible for the attack to keep the breach private.  

What happened? 

Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s new CEO who was appointed by the board in August, said in a statement that two people outside the company “inappropriately accessed user data stored on a third-party cloud-based service that we use.” 

The attackers stole data of the 57 million people across the globe, including their names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers. About 600,000 U.S.-based drivers were among 7 million Uber drivers whose license numbers and names were exposed in the breach. 

The data breach was the latest in a string of high profile cyber attacks that weren’t revealed until months or years later.  Fortunately, it doesn’t appear that Uber users have to worry about any of their financial information being exposed. Khosrowshahi said no evidence indicated that trip location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, or dates of birth were stolen.  

What was done? 

After the attack happened, Uber “took immediate steps” to safeguard the data and blocked further unauthorized access to the information, according to Khosrowshahi. The company identified the hackers and made sure the exposed dada had been destroyed. Security measures were also taken to enhance control on the company’s cloud storage. 

“None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” Khosrowshahi said. “While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes. We are changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to earn the trust of our customers.” 

The company let go two employees who led the response to the incident on Tuesday, according to the statement. Uber is also reporting the attack to regulatory authorities.  

What can you do? 

Uber said no evidence shows fraud or misuse connected to the data breach.  

If you are an Uber rider…

The company said you don’t need to take any action. Uber is monitoring the affected accounts and have marked them for additional fraud protection, Khosrowshahi said. But you are encouraged to regularly monitor your credit and Uber accounts for any unexpected or unusual activities.

If anything happens, notify Uber via the Help Center immediately. You can do this by tapping “Help” in your app, then “Account and Payment Options” > “I have an unknown charge” > “I think my account has been hacked.” 

If you are an Uber driver…

If you are affected, you will be notified by Uber via email or mail and the company is offering free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.  

You can check whether your Uber account is at risk here 

Check out our guide on credit freezes and other steps you can take to protect your identity if personal information is compromised in a data breach.

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6 Top Details about the New Uber Credit Card

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Uber is expanding in so many new, unique directions these days to better serve their customers.

At a conference in Portugal, the ride-sharing company recently unveiled bold plans for a futuristic air taxi to fly its customers to their destinations. And just before that, it announced a much-buzzed-about Uber credit card.

The new credit card has a variety of perks that financial industry experts say are worth taking note of, particularly if you’re an urban dweller or a globetrotting voyager.

“What’s interesting to me is that you don’t need to be a big time Uber user to benefit from the card,” says personal finance blogger Kyle Burbank, creator of the site Moneyat30. “You can redeem points for cash back or gift cards, in addition to Uber rides.”

Here are the six top details you need to know about the new Uber credit card.

1. No Annual Fee

Rewards cards, particularly the elite ones, often come with a hefty annual membership fees in exchange for access to all of the perks they offer. (Think Chase Sapphire Reserve with its hefty $450 annual fee—or the Citi Prestige Card, which has a similar fee.)

The Uber Card, however, joins a group of rewards cards that help you enjoy a variety of benefits without paying a hefty price each year.

“With no annual fee, it’s a nice little entry into the world of credit cards for folks who are scared about going for more premium cards,” said Kevin Han, founder of personal finance site Financial Panther.

2. 4% Cash Back on Dining

Urban dwellers eat out a lot. That’s no secret. The Uber card is aimed right at this market, offering a generous 4% cash back for dining purchases.

This cash back reward applies to restaurants, bars, takeout, and UberEats.

Because of that higher dining reward, Mark Ranta, head of digital banking solutions for ACI Worldwide, said it’s a card worth keeping at the top of your wallet when you eat out.

“The dining rewards are pretty high. I haven’t seen 4%. You usually see 3% or 2%,” says Ranta, which makes the Uber Card a great source of cash back rewards. 

3. No Foreign Transaction Fees

The lack of a foreign transaction fee is a perk travel-happy millennials have definitely taken notice of. 

“I was not considering another credit card. I would get offers and reject them. But when I saw this card, I started thinking about how I would integrate it with my current credit cards,” says 31-year-old Burbank. “It’s exciting to have a visa that doesn’t have foreign transaction fees.”

And speaking of travel perks, the Uber card also offers 3% cash back on hotels (including vacation rentals such as Airbnb) and airfare. Again, millennials, Uber is looking at you. 

4. Online Shopping Rewards

The card offers 2% back, or two points for every $1 spent online, covering purchases at retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Macy’s and more—far more.

Of course, this category includes rewards for booking Uber rides. But this nice little perk also includes other online shopping, as well as video and music streaming services.

Among the streaming services covered in this category are those offered by Netflix, Pandora, HBO Now, and Apple Music. Even purchases made at online service sites like TaskRabbit and Angie’s List are covered.

5. Phone Protection Plan

Break your phone much?

The Uber card has you covered with a mobile phone protection plan that offers up to $600 for damage, another perk that Kyle Han says he was pleasantly surprised by.

“It’s a big benefit that you don’t often see on no-annual-fee cards like this one,” says Han. “Definitely useful for folks who are worried about breaking their phones.” And let’s be honest, who isn’t?

6. Points Program with Great Deals

Uber’s credit card allows you to accumulate points and then redeem those points for discounts on ridesharing. Most other cards have a $25 minimum for any sort of redemption, but Burbank notes the Uber Card lets customers redeem amounts as low as $5. (All other redemptions on the Uber card start at $25).

So Why Try the Uber Credit Card?

Between the credit for streaming services, the travel rewards that include Airbnb, and the big bonuses for eating out, it’s not hard to see who this card is designed for.

“To me, it seems like the ultimate card for Millennials,” says Burbank. “There’s no annual fee, no foreign transaction fees, and there’s an impressive 4% cash back on dining and 3% on travel, plus a $50 streaming credit and cell phone insurance, all of which speaks to that demographic.”

Credit cards with great rewards programs, like the Uber Card, usually require good to excellent credit. Before you apply, check your credit to make sure you have the best chance of being accepted. You can see your credit score for free at Credit.com.

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Amex Soups Up Platinum Card With Free Uber Rides

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American Express is giving Platinum cardholders up to $200 a year in free Uber rides as part of a host of new rewards taking effect March 30.

The American Express Platinum card, which already came with a host of premium benefits like access to airport lounges and a $200 statement credit toward airline fees, is also increasing its already hefty annual fee of $450 to $550 as the new benefits come online.

In addition to the Uber credits, Platinum members will get five points in the American Express Membership Rewards Program for every dollar they spend booking eligible hotels on amextravel.com. Members also get access to more airport lounges and a new Global Dining Collection, which includes exclusive reserved seating at culinary events.

How to Get the Uber Credits

Many American Express cardholders use Uber, the company said in a press release. The new Uber Rides with Platinum reward will give members $15 in Uber credit per month, plus a $20 bonus in December, if they add their American Express Platinum Card as a payment method in the Uber app. The credits will show up in the app.

The expansion of the Global Lounge Collection gives cardholders access to more than 1,000 airport lounges across 120 countries. American Express also is expanding its “By Invitation Only” program, giving cardholders access to swanky events like the Harper’s Bazaar 150th anniversary party or the Grand Prix de Monaco.

Meanwhile, the existing benefits of Platinum membership remain, including one Membership Rewards Program point for every dollar spent. The points can be redeemed with more than a dozen airlines and to snag other rewards, like gift cards and merchandise. The card also confers travel insurance and purchase protections policies.

Another important thing to know: This isn’t really a credit card, but rather a charge card. Card holders are expected to pay their balance in full each month.

Regardless, you’ll need a strong credit score to qualify. To see where you stand, you can get your two free credit scores, updated every 14 days, on Credit.com.

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How to Earn Extra Income From Your Car (Without Playing Chauffeur)

Here are the details on a couple of car-sharing services that could supplement your regular income.

Most people by now have heard of the ride-sharing giants Uber and Lyft, which have disrupted the taxi industry as we know it, allowing people to make money with their cars.

Far fewer, however, have heard of Turo or Getaround.

If earning extra income with your car, without having to chauffeur strangers, interests you, perhaps it’s time to familiarize yourself with these names.

Both Turo and Getaround were launched with the mission of putting the world’s one billion cars to better use. Yes, you read that right — there are at least one billion cars on the planet, many of which remain idle. Therein lies the opportunity.

Turo and Getaround allow people to make some serious cash by renting out their cars.

How much cash, exactly? Turo spokesman Steve Webb says the average active car owner on the site made $653 in Dec. 2016. Getaround, meanwhile, reports that the average monthly earnings for its users is around $550.

“It’s amazing to think of any asset, especially one costing tens of thousands of dollars, being so idle,” says Webb. “We have been able to flip the car ownership equation on its head, providing people a means to better use this asset.”

Want in on the action? Here’s what you need to know.

Turo

Turo has a presence in 4,500 cities in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

Here’s how it works. You list your car for rent on Turo for free. You can set your daily minimum rental price and choose a mileage limit for drivers. Turo can also set your car’s rental price, based on market value, location, time of year, and other data designed to boost your listing’s competitiveness.

In addition, Turo covers your vehicle with $1 million in liability insurance while it’s being rented. To give you further peace of mind, Turo screens all its renters. The renter can either pick the car up at your home, or you can deliver it to an agreed-upon location.

People renting their cars through Turo earn enough to cover their monthly car payment, says Webb.

Getaround

Getaround has a somewhat smaller footprint than Turo. It operates in six cities, including San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

In each city, Getaround has a core operating area, where your car must be parked. If you live outside Getaround’s operating zone, the vehicle can still be shared if it remains parked in the active area. To facilitate this, Getaround often helps owners find discounted parking in high-traffic locations.

Getaround renters are able to unlock your car using an app, however, you have full control over their car’s daily and hourly rental rate. Getaround can also set a recommended rate when you first launch your rental, based on the car’s make and model, features and location. Also, your car is covered with $1 million in insurance when being rented through Getaround. Renters are screened by the company.

The big difference between Getaround and Turo is that Getaround allows renters to use your car for just a few hours. With Turo, the minimum rental time is one day. When renting your car through Getaround, the vehicle must always be parked in the company’s core operating area, instead of, say, in your driveway, where you could keep an eye on it.

If these differences don’t matter to you, the earning potential may be nothing to sneeze at.

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How to Pay for Uber and Lyft Rides With Your Employee Commuter Benefits

Ride-share users, your employee commuter benefits package just got a little better. Earlier this year, Lyft became the latest ride-sharing app to give riders the chance to pay using employee commuter benefits.

That means riders can now use pre-tax dollars to pay for Lyft rides the same way commuter benefits can be used to cover transit costs or parking expenses. Lyft isn’t the first ride-sharing app to add commuter benefits — Uber beat them to it back in August — but Lyft’s addition of commuter benefits signals a trend that could save big-city commuters time and money on the way to work each day.

Right now, it’s not possible for workers to use commuter benefits to pay for regular cabs — including regular Uber or Lyft rides. But Uber and Lyft found a clever way around this. Benefits can be used when riders select Lyft Line or uberPOOL, the apps’ carpooling options.

If you’re curious about this benefit and whether or not it’s worth linking your Uber or Lyft account to your commuter benefit account, we’ve got you covered.

What are commuter benefits?

Commuter benefits are an employer-provided benefits program that lets you set aside pre-tax dollars in an account to be used for your commute costs. Employees can use these benefits to pay for public transportation — trains, subways, buses, even parking passes — used on their daily commute with pre-tax dollars. The amount of money you set aside to pay for your commute doesn’t count as income, so you’re not taxed on it.

Which benefits programs are included?

Each ride-hailing service has partnered with select benefits programs, although there is some overlap. For example, if your company’s benefits package is with Zenefits or TransitChek, you can use them with Lyft, but not with Uber. On the other hand, if you are with EdenRed or Ameriflex, you can only pay with your benefits on the Uber app. The lucky commuters with benefits under WageWorks, Benefit Resource and Navia can use their benefits on either rideshare app.

How do I sign up for commuter benefits?

Workers have to sign up for commuter benefits in order to receive them. You will be asked to select how much money you want to set aside from your paycheck each month to cover your transportation costs.

Once you’re enrolled, you may receive a benefits card (it can be used like a regular debit or credit card) to make transportation purchases. Otherwise, you can purchase transportation expenses using your regular credit or debit card and then submit a claim to be reimbursed through your benefit provider.

Reach out to your employer’s human resources department to find out how to take advantage of your commuter benefits program.

How much can I really save?

Depending on your current tax bracket, you could have up to 40% more to spend on your commute. For example, if you’re in the 35% tax bracket and contribute $200 each month to your commuter benefits account, you’re getting an extra $70 to spend on your commute each month. That’s an extra $840 per year.

But here’s the catch: Commuter benefits contributions are capped at $255 per month. So if you are already relying on your benefits to finance your monthly subway pass or parking garage expenses, you may not have much left over to use on Lyft or Uber rides.

What are Lyft Line and uberPOOL?

To use commuter benefits to pay for Lyft or Uber rides, you have to select the apps’ carpooling options — either Lyft Line or uberPOOL. Carpool vehicles seat six or more passengers. Both Uber and Lyft use algorithms to place riders going toward the same area together. Because you’re carpooling, however, you may or may not have a shorter commute, depending on traffic in your city and how many other riders get picked up or dropped off during your trip.

How to use commuter benefits on Lyft

First, you need to add your commuter benefits card to your profile.

  1. When you open the Lyft app, tap “Payment” in the left-hand side menu to see your payment options.
  2. Select “Add credit card,” enter your commuter benefits card information, and save. The card will have a “Commuter” distinction.
  3. Next, set the card as your default payment method. There are two ways to do this:
    1. Select the card as your default payment method for your personal profile under the “payment defaults” section in the “Payment” menu.
    2. When you open the app, set your location and destination. You’ll then see the last four digits of the card is being used to pay for the trip. Tap the numbers to change your payment method to your commuter benefits card. You should see a rectangular icon with a diamond in its center when using your benefits card.
    3. Select “Lyft Line & Ride.”
      You can only use your benefits to pay for carpools under Lyft Line. Select the pooling option to be matched with a car with six or more seats, and you’ll be all set.

How to use commuter benefits on Uber

Add your commuter benefits card to your profile by going to the left-hand menu and adding your commuter benefits card under “Payment.” You can also add the card after setting your location and destination under uberPOOL, shown below.

Tap on your card information to set or add your commuter card as a payment option.

Your benefits can only be used to pay for carpools under uberPOOL. Select the pooling option to be matched with a car with six or more seats, and you’ll be good to go.

Pros

Using pre-tax dollars saves you up to 40%

The most obvious perk of using your commuter benefit is that you’re using pre-tax dollars, so your dollar goes up to 40% further. If you’re already paying out of pocket for your commute, this could be a huge benefit.

Cut back on driving

If you drive to work, a 2014 Trulia analysis found you likely spend about 30 minutes in the car each way. If it’s more affordable for you to use a ride-sharing app, you can use that time to read or catch up on work or a nap while you ride.

Reduce your carbon footprint

Legally, commuter benefits can only be used with efforts to reduce your commuter footprint, so ride-sharing counts only when you’re placed in a car that seats six or more passengers. If you drive to work, this cuts down your footprint and takes the hassle out of organizing a carpool.

Cons

Lyft Line or uberPOOL only

You may want to put your pre-tax dollars elsewhere if you’re not into making new friends each morning. You’ll be placed in a vehicle that seats six or more people when you use your benefits card, and other riders may have various personality types.

Limit on contribution

Your contribution is limited to $255 a month, which may or may not be a month’s worth of commuting, depending on how much your commute costs. For example, a LendingTree analysis found the average monthly cost of commuting with Uber’s non-pool service UberX in New York City is more than $700. Still, $255 pre-tax will help cut down on your monthly spending for the trip to work.

Only available in select major cities

The apps’ commuter benefits options are only available in select major cities so far. Here’s a breakdown of where you can use yours.

Lyft: New York City, Boston, Seattle, and Miami

Uber: New York City, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Denver, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, and New Jersey (state).

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Need Beyoncé Tickets? AmEx & Uber Are Giving Some Away

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Getting tickets to Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour has been harder than getting to the bottom of the “Becky with the good hair” controversy. Most of the shows are sold out. Unless you want to stand alone at one of the shows that still has available tickets, you’re going to have to shell out a couple hundred dollars minimum to nab a spot from which you can worship Queen Bey live.

But you might be able to get around that. Yesterday — when Formation kicked off in Miami — American Express and Uber announced a partnership that gives anyone (not just card members) the chance to win two tickets to one of Beyoncé’s 21 remaining U.S. shows (the next one is April 29, in Tampa, Florida). Here’s how the promotion works:

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On the day of the concert in a participating city, you can request the “FORMATION” view in the Uber app, using the promo code FORMATIONAMEX. You can then request a FORMATION ride, and you could receive two tickets and a round-trip UberX ride to the concert in the city. (Though Uber and American Express have both said that the demand will be high, and getting matched with a FORMATION ride isn’t a guarantee of tickets.)

Sure, the chances of hitting the Beyoncé/Uber jackpot probably aren’t great, but it may be more likely than you being able to come up with enough money to buy your own tickets and transport to the concert, at this point. As much as it would probably feel worth it at the time, the aftermath of blowing your budget to see Beyoncé (or worse, running up a huge credit card balance or spending more than you can afford), will probably be as unpleasant as it is to be Rachel Roy right now. (OK, being on the receiving end of the wrath of the Beyhive may or may not actually be worse than being in credit card debt, but you get the point.)

There’s some (minuscule) consolation for people who request these Uber rides and don’t end up getting Formation tickets. If you happen to have an American Express credit card and are enrolled in their Membership Rewards program, you can earn two times the rewards points when you pay for an Uber ride with your card. American Express isn’t the only credit card with this sort of deal — it’s always smart to check with your credit card issuer to see if they offer any discounts with a certain service or if you can maximize your rewards with certain purchases. Of course, spending for the sake of credit card rewards can be a dangerous strategy, because credit card debt is expensive and high credit card balances can kill your credit score. You can keep tabs on yours by getting your free credit report summary every 30 days on Credit.com.

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Forget Credit Cards — Hackers Want Your Uber Account

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Your Uber account is about 17 times more valuable to a hacker than your credit card credentials, according to a report security company Trend Micro compiled for CNBC. They found that stolen Uber credentials sell for an average of $3.78 per account on underground online marketplaces, while bundles of credit card data are sold for 22 cents, at most.

Lots of accounts are more valuable than credit card info. PayPal accounts with a guaranteed balance of $500 go for an average of $6.43, Facebook accounts run about $3.02, Google Voice about 97 cents and Netflix 76 cents, Trend Micro found.

So what good is this info to a hacker? There are a few ways someone can capitalize on stolen credentials. The information people store in online accounts can help someone piece together the details they need to steal and abuse others’ identities. Then there’s the potential to steal money. For example, a hacker could charge someone’s Uber account for phantom rides, a theft tactic in which someone sets up a fake driver account to receive payment for rides the user never takes, CNBC reports.

Preventing various kinds of account theft can be really difficult, and people usually find out about it only after it occurs. One way to keep hackers at bay is to use multi-factor authentication, if available, to log into accounts. Security experts tend to recommend people avoid using the same password across multiple platforms, so one account hack doesn’t lead to another, potentially more valuable, break-in. With all the online accounts people have, it’s challenging to regularly monitor every one for unauthorized activity, but it is in your best interest to do so.

On top of that, frequently reviewing your credit card and debit card activity can help you quickly spot fraud. You can monitor your credit, too, if you have reason to believe your personal information was stolen. Unexpected changes to your credit scores can be a sign of identity theft, as well. (You can get two free credit scores once a month on Credit.com.)

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