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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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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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 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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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'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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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)? Edit Looking for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is a new protocol needed for credit card transactions?

It seems like many places spend a ton of time and money securing their site for credit card transactions. However, there are still millions of credit card numbers being stolen. Fraud is big business, ...
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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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Secure one-time-use credit cards

I've been reading a lot about one-time-use online credit card numbers (e.g. https://www.discover.com/credit-cards/member-benefits/security/create-online-account-number.html#) but I have to admit that ...
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Conceptual design of vulnerability scanning program in global retail network (PCI DSS)

I am trying to design yearly program to scan for vulnerabilities on a very large network of payment terminals. The company has thousands of retail points all around the world which need to be ...
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Giving merchant account information to web programmer

Our web programmer needs our merchant account information to set up our ecommerce site. He is asking for the "processor name", "processor ID" and "merchant ID". If I provide him with the information ...
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Are invalid card numbers under PCI compliance

If a merchant sends an invalid card number to the bank, will the bank have to secure the information to be PCI compliant?
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When does an Apple Pay token get converted to a real credit-card

Apple Pay says they store a Token on the phone and use it for transactions. Who issues this token? Who then converts this token to a real credit-card. Where is the mapping from token to real card ...
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Has the wedge security flaw been fixed for credit cards?

According to this site http://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2009/08/25/defending-against-wedge-attacks/ there is a flaw in EMV. Since then has this flaw been fixed? Is it the same law as the one ...
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Modifying credit cards to increase security

If I use a credit card only for chip&pin/EMV transactions and possibly for contactless transactions, I don't need the following parts of the card. magnetic stripe embossed numbers etc signature ...
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Is it ok to cut some digits from the front-face of a credit/debit card?

I'm a European expat living in Asia. I usually hide my credit card at my apartment. However, I'm a bit scared about losing it when I carry it (wallet robbed or lost). That's why I already scrubbed ...
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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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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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What are some cards that are vulnerable to RFID theft?

I heard that some credit cards are vulnerable to RFID scanning and thus identity theft. I am concerned about my cards and I would like to learn which cards are vulnerable to such abuse? Are any of ...
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Why would one increment card security code for a new payment card

I have a debit payment card, once it expired I received a new one. The card numbers look like this Old card xxxx xxxx 1111 1111 New card xxxx xxxx 2222 2222 where x are the matching numbers and 1 ...
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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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Send credit card info by email from HTTPS and SMTP on SSL

A client asked me to receive credit card info of his costumers by email. I know that is a very very not secure way ... But if the page with the input form is on HTTPS, and then i use a smtp (like ...
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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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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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Unencrypted data over Magnetic Card Reader. What are the security risks?

I am working on evaluating the security of my University's student id card. The ID card contains both a magnetic stripe and a RFID component and is used to make payments as well as to provide access ...