Payment cards. For questions about storing credit card numbers, see also pci-dss. For questions involving the physical object, see also smartcard (if the card has a chip).

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Why are chips safer than magnetic stripes?

After the recent Target hack there has been talk about moving from credit cards with magnetic stripes to cards with a chip. In what ways are chips safer than stripes?
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How does Amazon bill me without the CVC / CVV / CVV2?

The card in question is a VISA, if that's of any importance. I've noticed this only on Amazon. All other sites I've purchased something from, ever, have needed the CVC code for the card. However, I ...
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Hashing a credit card number for use as a fingerprint

What's the best way to hash a credit card number so that it can be used for fingerprinting (i.e. so that comparing two hashes will let you know if the card numbers match or not)? Ideally, I'm looking ...
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What's the impact of disclosing the front-face of a credit or debit card?

There are quite a few cases where people are called out for disclosing the front-face of a credit or debit card (e.g. this tweet from Brian Krebs or this twitter account). So I was wondering what the ...
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Can a steel woven wallet prevent RFID scanning of credit card information?

According to the Popular Mechanics article RFID Credit Cards and Theft: Tech Clinic, the fact that many new credit/debit cards have a RFID chip embedded on it, there is a risk (albeit, small according ...
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Credit card forms on HTTP pages a MITM risk?

The other day, there was a web developer mailing list thread about a fundraiser page. One person noted that the page with the credit card form was HTTP, not HTTPS. In response, one person said that ...
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Detecting skimmers and other ATM traps

This question has been bothering me ever since I first heard of ATM skimmers: Instances of skimming have been reported where the perpetrator has put a device over the card slot* of an ATM (...
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Specific risks of embedding an HTTPS iframe in an HTTP page

I need help listing the specific risks of embedding an HTTPS iframe that enables credit card checkout inside of an HTTP page. Are there security issues with embedding an HTTPS iframe on an HTTP page? ...
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NFC contactless payment security

This is really bugging me. Up until recently debit cards with an electronic chip were the most popular electronic form of payment available in Poland (I'd wager that in other European countries as ...
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How can hotels securely receive your credit card details (for a custom, one-off payment)?

A hotel belonging to a large chain (400 hotels in 60 countries) has just requested me to send my credit card details via standard (unsecured) email. I have negotiated a deal for accommodation with ...
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Why recommend “letters, numbers, and special characters” in a User ID?

Why do some sites recommend "letters, numbers, and special characters" in a username or User ID? When creating a User ID at the www.discovercard.com website, the "User ID Strength" indicator meter ...
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Why do credit cards have chips, if I can purchase online without the chip being read?

Credit cards (and debit cards) are used in three different ways: In person + pin. The seller requires me to insert my card with the chip and input the PIN number to complete the transaction. In ...
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Creditcard store first six digits PCI reference

I need to store masked PAN with first six digits and last four digits along with the card expiry month and year. Is it safe to do it according to the PCI rules? Regarding four digits has been ...
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Minimum requrements for storing last 4 digits of credit card number?

We have a merchant website that uses Autorize.net's CIM and AIM. Our users may have multiple credit cards so we'd want to give them opportunity to distinguish between credit cards that they use on ...
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What is the use of stolen credit card details?

What can a person with stolen credit card details do? Buy porn? Buy tons of server resources to perform an attack? What else? I'm sure that if he buys books, shoes and bicycles or transfer funds ...
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How to spoof an ATM transaction?

About 20 years ago, a man disappeared, but his ATM card was "supposedly" used the day after the disappearance. However, surveillance footage of the store shows no-one in the store physically used the ...
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Storing CVC / CVV / CVV2 until payment is processed

I need to store the payment info of a transaction. We have a script that reads which transactions haven't yet been sent to our ERP (the business management software), to then send it. This script ...
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Is it standard practice to ask a customer to send a photo of their credit card to confirm their identity?

My friend ordered clothes from a clothing site and was asked to send a picture of her credit card. Is it standard practice to ask a customer to send a photo of their credit card to confirm their ...
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Fraud Mitigation - Card Present Transactions

When it comes to fraud screening for card not present transactions (credit card / debit card) there are a number of techniques / services that can be utilized to mitigate risks from fraudulent ...
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What is stored on a banking card and how is it protected?

I wonder what is the content of a basic banking card having a chip, the kind you use for payment in any store, with a PIN, possible bank authorization, such as Mastercard or Visa or national banking ...
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How to mask SEPA (IBAN and BIC) information correctly?

I'm currently developing a payment system where users can use SEPA-debit to pay for the service. The user has the ability to enter the data once and can then select the same payment method when making ...
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Why does Amazon ask for the CVC/CVV if it bills without it?

I have a follow-up question relating to this question: How does Amazon bill me wihout the CVC / CVV / CVV2? If amazon.com can bill without the CVV why does it ask for it the first time information ...
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Bank cards - chips vs mag stripe security

In this thread: Why are chips safer than magnetic stripes? the answers all seem to be that the chip cards are far more secure and difficult to copy. Here is my problem, and my question. A couple of ...
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How much information is released when paying with a debit card

How much information is released when paying with a debit card? Is it possible for a vendor to grab your name and address from your debit card and send you things in the mail?
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Is Visa PayWave secure?

Recently (well, a few months or even a year ago), my bank, here in Australia, introduced this PayWave technology to their Visa debit cards. They claim it's secure, but all they talk about is their ...
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How can I convince my customers not to send Credit Card data over email?

My wife and I run an online business. For a long time we would accept credit cards over our website, and cash or bank drafts in person. However, as time went on my wife picked up the Square to process ...
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What's the use of adding a challenge to a one time password algorithm?

In these YouTube videos Challenge-Respond Mode and Sign Mode the customer enters a challenge into the CAP device before generating a one time password. Why not just generate the one time password ...
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What are the security implications of a device like Coin?

Coin is a new device aimed at replacing up to 8 credit cards in your wallet with a single device. It apparently works by scanning the credit card data into a mobile application that syncs with the ...
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How to manually disable the no contact card?

New payment cards in my country are now delivered with the no-contact option that allows pay without putting the card in a machine. The fact is that these cards aren't secured because you can read ...
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EMV(Chip) Cards - What's the point of having the chip card communicating directly to the authorising server? & Clarification of CDA in EMV

Ok I understand from my research that the Chip Card creates an AC Key(MasterKey+AccNumber) to communicate with the authorizing server securely (3DES key to have encrypted communication) but I don't ...
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No HTTPS on credit card entry form - can it be safe?

I was going to make a purchase on a website, but the page containing the credit card entry form is served via HTTP and not HTTPS. Is it definitely unsafe? The website advertises the use of "RapidSSL"...
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Are banks required to be PCI compliant?

Since credit card transactions like cash advance can be performed at most ATMs, are banks required to be PCI DSS compliant?
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PCI DSS - Recorded Phone Conversations

I am using the using the following image from FishNet Security as a sort of guide for the data flow diagram required by PCI DSS as defined by: 1.1.3 Current diagram that shows all cardholder ...