How to Use Bank Card Safely

Written by: smm

on: 17/10/2022

We have recently explored the advantages of using bank cards. Today, we are going to share with you a couple of golden rules for safe bank card usage to help you keep your money safe from scammers:

— Keep your PIN code separate from the card or its number. Don’t write it down next to the card number in a notepad or on your phone. And obviously, never write it on the card itself. 

— If your bank lets you change your PIN code, try not to use simple combinations, e.g. the date of your birthday or the last digits of your phone number.

— Never show or share your PIN code with anybody else. Keep in mind that neither seller nor the bank or support desk employee will ask you to provide it. If someone requests your PIN code, it’s safe to say that you are dealing with scammers.

— Memorize or have contact details of your bank’s support desk at the ready so that you can promptly contact it if needed. Your time is your money.

Additional information about online payments

First and foremost, make sure to check the website you intend to purchase something from. Avoid fishy websites that may resemble the original webpage of well-known companies. Small details such as mistakes or extra symbols in the HTML address can give them away. Secure websites start with https://

In addition, check whether there is a green lock icon or “Secure” label which means that your data will be protected.

For easier and faster online purchases, browsers typically offer an AutoFill feature whereby your bank card details are entered automatically whenever you make a transaction. That said, if you aren’t sure about your browser or device security, don’t risk it as third parties may take advantage of your card. 

How to protect your bank card online as much as possible? To this end, SharPay has 3D Secure 2.0, a two-factor payment authentication. In a nutshell, this allows for a confirmation of your transactions using a customer static password and one-time password (ОТР) generated by the processing center and sent via a text message.

When making online payments, you’ll be redirected to the 3-D Secure 2.0 page where you will have to enter your OTP. Nobody but you can finalize that payment even if somebody else has your bank card details. 

Use bank cards safely and hassle-free. Hit the link if you wish to open a card with SharPay!