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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Can I scratch off the magnetic strip off a debit card to only allow chip and PIN?

I have been robbed in the past by thieves using my HSBC Debit Card (issued by UAE branch) to purchase mobile phones and accessories by signing for the purchases. While the card has chip & PIN ...
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Has a benefit been demonstrated for credit card machines asking for ZIP code?

In the U.S., many credit card machines at places like gas stations have started asking for your ZIP (postal) code to use a credit card ostensibly to help verify that you really are the cardholder, ...
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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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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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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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What prevents web shop owners from misusing credit card data?

I don't own a credit card but read much about fraud with stolen credit cards. Since I don't own one, I don't know how you exactly buy online using your credit card, so please correct me, if I am wrong ...
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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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How does a website know if a certain creditcard number is wrong instantly

I was renewing my Internet subscription through the online portal of my ISP. What struck me was when I was entering my credit card details, I entered the type of my credit card (MasterCard, Visa, AA, ...
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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 ...
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Convince the company not to store credit card numbers in our webapp

The company I work for needs a system to perform monthly credit card charges to customer accounts. Customers will be able to update their credit card information from an online interface written in ...
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Why don't popular web services mask the CVV?

Most popular web services like PayPal, Google Wallet, and others do not mask CVV numbers, eg: (<input type="password">). As I read, the CVV is a security feature and it seems logical to mask it ...
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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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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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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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What prevents people getting charged over NFC in crowded places?

I don't have an NFC-enabled device and I couldn't find any information about this in Google. What is it that protects me against an attacker with a portable NFC terminal charging payments by just ...
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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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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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Should I worry if my credit card payment processor's server allows only weak SSL cipher suites?

I tested their server using https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/ and, apart from the disappointing "B" rating (it handles financial transactions, after all), the server only allows the following two RC4 ...
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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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I need ideas for blocking a single malevolent user

Let me throw out this problem I'm having to some of my technical peeps and see if you guys have any new suggestions: We have a website that sends text messages and voice mails for our clients. ...
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What is the DUKPT Key Derivation Function?

I'm tasked with decrypting ciphertext acquired from an encrypted card reader. The card reader utilizes DUKPT(derived unique key per transaction) scheme and 3DES encryption. I don't have a problem with ...
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Safety of publishing last 4 credit card digits in age of fast computing?

How safe is it to make public the last four digits of a credit card? Credit card numbers have a specific format. Digits tell you what type of institution issued the card, what bank issued the card, ...
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What are the security implications of my credit card number being known by someone else? [duplicate]

I am new to the credit card world. What are the security threats or possibilities, if someone knows my credit/debit card no. Will he be able to misuse it or will he require any additional information ...
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Storing Credit Cards

Okay, so storing digitized credit card information/records is a well documented process when it comes to best practices. I recently got asked how a company can store, retrieve and process physical ...
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Make online payments anonymously? [closed]

Is there a service/company which allows you to make anonymous payments online ? This is how i want the service to work - Just like a credit/debit card. When you make the payment online, instead of ...
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How do EMV contactless cards protect against replay attacks?

I understand that standard RFID cards are vulnerable to replay attacks however, how do smart cards which are also contactless protect against replay attacks? Is this decided by the chip or by the ...
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Is a 3 or 4 digit CVV enough for online transactions?

Background: The CVV/CVV2 number ("Card Verification Value") on a credit card or debit card is a 3 or 4 digit number printed on the card. It is 3 digits on VISA, MasterCard and Discover branded credit ...
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When paying for something on line, is paying with a checking account less risky than paying with a credit card?

If I purchase something on line and am given the choice to pay with a checking account (also known as a current account) or a credit card, is the risk of my checking account data being stolen and used ...
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How does credit card authorization work

Few days ago I heard a professional scammer explaining how he exploits the banks, I cant find the right word to describe his actions, even the word scam does not fit as he is not breaking the law but ...
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Is it possible to clone an RFID/NFC card using a simple RFID reader, for future reuse and impersonation?

RFID/NFC technology is used in credit cards and many other personal identification applications. Is it possible/how easy is it to clone a card using a simple RFID reader? In other words, can the ...
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Is CVV calculated or merely assigned?

Is the 3-digit (4-digit for those acolytes of standardization, American Express!) CVV/CSV/CVC calculated from card number and expiration date, or is it merely assigned? I know that once when I got a ...
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How can my bank debit card reader know that my pin is valid?

Why do ATMs accept any PIN? states that the ATM does not know my pin and the pin is not on the card as well. My bank has this system: It works in 5 stages: I enter my debit card number on the ...
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Credit card fraud prevention

The project that I am working on requires processing of credit cards. Is there any way to detect cloned/counterfeit cards? Are there any proven workarounds to prevent credit card fraud or misuse? We ...
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Why are signatures considered a valid authentication method?

Why are signatures considered valid methods if identification when paying with a check or credit card? For that matter, what do those credit card readers do with my signature when I sign them? Are ...
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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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secure credit card transactions on the internet

I have read about how hopelessly insecure credit cards are, and was wondering if there is, in the uk, a provider of either: One time use credit cards. Text me on transaction cards. Pre paid cards: ...
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Looking for credit card data and other PII in files

I'm looking for ways to check for the presence of credit-card data and other personally identifiable information in files on a network I'm testing. Currently i'm doing this manually with the usual ...
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Can I show Credit Card Data to final customers and be PCI Compliant?

I work with reservation management syatems. In the hospitality industry there is the concept of credit card as guarantee. By it when making any kind of reservation you are asked for your credit card ...
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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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Cardholder data segmentation for PCI compliance (3.2)

We are currently collecting card holder data in a segmented way. Our system is used by call center agants which I will refer to as channel B Over channel A (mobile carrier) we collect the first 8 ...
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Signature instead of PIN, Visa card

Most of the credit cards require PIN to authorize transaction. Recently upon a transaction the merchant required my signature and not my PIN. I understand this is another sort of authorizing the ...
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Reading magnetic stripe on a credit/debit card with an EMV chip

Is there any way of knowing is a credit/debit card has an EMV Chip, by reading the magnetic stripe. This way I could deny the payment via magnetic stripe and ask to the customer to insert the card via ...
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Is storing CVV compliant with PCI standards?

From personal, job-related experience I know that many "Booking Engines" store the CVV info for customers' credit cards from the time a reservation is made until the time the guest leaves the hotel. ...
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Storing credit card data on behalf of customers: and transfer the data later

I'm developing a web application for hotels that send offers to the guest's hotels. I want to store the guest's credit card data in a secure way, through a third party service as I don't want to ...
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Are VISA gift cards untraceable?

I was in a retail store today, and these people were discussing how easy it is for people to use stolen credit cards, and buy those visa gift cards without being traced after they purchase the gift ...
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How safe is the new iOS Keychain that stores credit card numbers?

iOS7 includes iCloud Keychain which syncs your stored passwords across devices. Not only that but it also syncs credit card numbers. The only information I can find about encryption is that they are ...
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Can I repair a cut-through credit card?

On many cards there's the instruction to, if found, cut it in two pieces and mail them to some address. I'm wondering a bit about the security of this and if I could recover some data. It's not ...
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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 ...