How Greenlight Keeps Your Private Data Secure

You care about your financial security, and so do we. It’s even more important to make sure your private data is protected when you’re handing control over to your child. That’s why Greenlight goes above and beyond to offer the best possible security, starting with encryption.

What’s Encryption and How Does Greenlight Use It?

You’ve probably heard of encryption before. Apple uses encryption to keep your text messages secure by encrypting them, and WhatsApp does the same thing. But what does it actually mean?

Essentially, encryption is the practice of transforming data into a non-decipherable language to hide its meaning. The only way to translate it back is with a special key unique to your data. So the only way for someone to crack your encrypted data is to crack the key, which is designed to be as unique and unpredictable as possible.

So what does that have to do with Greenlight? Well, we encrypt our entire database. Your private data will stay private even if hackers somehow make it into our system. Don’t worry, though, we’ve got plenty of other security measures in place to make sure that never happens in the first place.

How Hashing Keeps You Even More Secure

Encryption is one of the best ways to keep your online data secure, but it’s not always the best. After all, it is possible that your key could be cracked, but thanks to hashing you don’t have to worry about that either.

Hashing is similar to encryption, only it can’t be reversed. Instead, it uses an algorithm to scramble your data permanently. The trick is to hash multiple bits of data (like a password) through the same algorithm and then see if they match up afterward. If they do, it’s the right password. Greenlight uses hashing to keep your most important data totally protected no matter what.

Even More Greenlight Security Features

You might think encryption and hashing are more than enough, but when it comes to your financial data we’re just getting started. All of our card processing is done through companies that are totally compliant with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, established by a council of major credit card companies like American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. So your money will be treated the same as it would be with companies you already trust to control your finances.

On top of that, Greenlight uses everything from firewalls (special software designed to keep unwanted visitors out of our system) to virtual private networks (which lets you create a secure connection on a public network) to keep your financial data safe and secure. All combined, that means your financial data (and your children’s) is always safe and secure with Greenlight.

 

Amazon Prime Day 2019 with Greenlight

18.5% of Greenlight kids have spent money at Amazon

So by our predictions, your kids are probably already buzzing about Amazon Prime Day next week (July 15-16). Maybe they’ve been reading rumors of most epic tech markdowns or set up fancy price alerts to know as soon as their prized item is down to their savings goal balance. (Want price alerts of your own? Here’s one way to set them up.)

As always, we’ve been thinking about how Prime Day can fit into money talks, plus how Greenlight can help you manage spending safely. 

Time for budget talks

What makes a good deal? Fortunately, most kids are expert Googlers. Before they click for the checkout button, work with them to search for competing prices and to balance the value of the newest version of the computer or sneaker they’re eyeing vs. last year’s model.

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Amazon Prime Day 2019

Back to school is upon us

For some districts, school is back in session in July. Now is prime time (see what we did there?) to think about clothes, supplies and electronics your kids need for the next year. 

Bring kids into the conversation. Set a budget for each child and talk with them about Amazon deals fit into that budget. 

Pro tip: Scary Mommy will be live blogging the best back to school Amazon Prime Day deals next week. And we’re on the edge of our seats. 

We’re sitting on some great ideas on how to bring kids in on back to school shopping without getting in the way. Stay tuned – more on that topic over the next couple weeks.

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Summer Spending & Saving with Greenlight

Summers are busy. Between visits to grandma, beach trips, summer camp, and the inaugural summer job (!), your kids may be spending tons of time away from home. Throughout the coordinated chaos, Summer offers great opportunities to continue money talks with your kids.

Family Vacations

Many families go on summer trips. In fact, 68% of you fine American families* will hit the road before school starts. 

Use this as an opportunity to talk to your kids about the value of saving. Discuss the tradeoffs you made throughout the year to fund your excursion and talk about the specific costs associated with you trip. 

Scholastic has a lesson with a couple handy worksheets – including a trip cost calculator in case you need a bit of help. (Don’t worry – we also learned a thing or two.)

Summer Jobs

For parents of teens, this summer may be the first one employed, and may it be the first of many. Before your kids pull out their Greenlight card to spend all of their Friday paycheck on Fortnight Battlepacks, remind them of the practice of saving. 

Work with them to develop a distribution plan for their paychecks. How much will they put into Save, Spend and Give accounts on a regular basis?

The first job is probably the first time your kids encounter the not-so-simple world of income taxes. And before you click away from this page in search of safer waters, know that the earlier you approach the subject of Uncle Sam with your kids, the more prepared they’ll be when the leave the house. 

Going over their pay stub is a great way to show teens how taxes impact their take-home pay. Talk with them about the purpose of social security, medicare, federal, state and local taxes. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a simple guide to the anatomy of a paycheck that may help. Remind them that smart budgeting (see savings tip above), helps you account for the tax you pay.

(Side note: did you know teens can directly deposit their paychecks into their Greenlight accounts?)

Back to School

In 2018, Deloitte estimated families spent $510 per child**, on average, on back to school expenses. Between clothes, electronics and general supplies, that’s a hefty penny. And also an opportunity to reinforce the conversation of budgeting, especially when it comes with the price tag of a new school year. 

Later in July, we’ll talk about how to instill healthy money habits into routines as the kids go back to school. Follow us on social media for the latest tips and tricks about money talks and recent updates to the Greenlight app.

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*2019 AAA Travel Survey

**Deloitte 2019 Back to School Survey