Most of us are no strangers to credit card fraud. We avoid buying from questionable websites, make sure we have our cards with us before leaving a store, and keep our information private. But there’s more you should be doing.
At STS we service the payments industry, so we are intimately aware how credit card security works. Here are some tips we recommend to keep your cards safe.
1. Check the store
Most security breaches happen at the merchant; other groups that receive your information during a transaction via computer to verify and record the purchase are much more secure. The PCI (Payment Card Industry) Security Standards Council releases new Data Security Standards every six months to stay a step ahead of hackers. Shopping only with companies that meet these standards will reduce your chances of becoming a victim of credit card fraud. For more, visit www.pcisecuritystandards.org. Click on “Approved Companies and Providers.”
2. Don’t make purchases using wireless internet
Hackers can easily access the data you’re transmitting. Particularly avoid wireless internet connections that people can freely join, such as home wireless that a neighbor could jump onto or a restaurant’s WiFi. Says the PCI Security Standards Council, “Note that risks in wireless networks are essentially equal to the sum of the risk of operating a wired network plus the new risks introduced by weaknesses in wireless protocols.”
3. Mind your receipts
Draw a line through blank spaces that appear above the total to keep unsavory merchants from adding charges. And as always, keep your receipts and compare them with the charges on your statements.
4. Guard your card
Don’t leave your card in the open any longer than necessary so thieves can’t take pictures of it. Also, leave at home the cards you won’t need for that shopping trip.Your wallet will thank you.