Sift Science Fraud-Fighting Trends 2017

Fraud-fighting is the ultimate balancing act. On one side, you have risk – in the form of fraudsters, scammers, and other bad actors looking to leverage any opening they can to exploit your business for their own gain. On the other side, you have the goal of optimizing user experience – a priority for any modern online business that […]

Machine Learning Isn’t Always a Black Box

There are a number of common myths about machine learning, which we touched on in a previous post. Now, we want to dive deeper into one of those myths: that machine learning is a black box. While it’s true that many machine learning platform companies do not provide any insights about results or explain how their […]

New Visa Attack Hole Demands New Fraud Defenses

Evan Schuman is a guest contributor to the Sift Science blog.  When security researchers recently published that multi-merchant attacks gave them unlimited attempts at guessing Visa card fields (but not Mastercard fields), it was a reminder of the inherent fragility of payment card security today. One way to successfully defend against such an attack is by […]

Mobile Commerce, Payments, and Fraud By the Numbers

Does it feel like more and more people are working on the go, totally tapped into palm-sized screens? That’s because they are. Consider how often you pull out your phone, whether to check a message, log a mile, get directions, or play a game. Mobile use is at an all-time high, and as a result more […]

6 Myths About Machine Learning

Machine learning is everywhere – but many people aren’t even aware of it. It’s on smartphones, automatically tagging photos and powering the voice-activated intelligent assistant. It’s on numerous websites, powering chatbots and providing personalized recommendations. It’s in connected cars, allowing drivers to control the infotainment system using voice-activated commands. Let’s start with a basic definition: Machine learning is a […]

Holiday Fraud Prevention: 7 Tips From the Pros

Is anyone ever really ready for the holidays? It’s hard enough to keep up as a shopper, but if you also work in e-commerce fraud prevention, you know you’re guaranteed a crazy ride. To help you navigate the seasonal rush, we crowdsourced some expert strategies from fraud and risk experts who’ve already logged a few seasons in […]

6 Ways to Up Your E-Commerce Game With Shipping Data

What do Amazon and eBay have in common?  They’ve been able to link together all parts of their business operations and use them to create a holistic customer experience – both online and offline. What’s more interesting is how they’re able to do that – with shipping data. When you think of shipping, you may assume […]

Geolocation Is A Nice Tool For Authentication, But It’s Far From Perfect

Evan Schuman is a guest contributor to the Sift Science blog. This month saw another leading financial institution—U.S. Bank—add geolocation to “select credit cards” to help with authentication. “We’ve all experienced that embarrassing moment when your credit card is declined at dinner while on vacation because the bank thinks you should be at home in […]