This idea would solve several key problems... Kiss Identity Theft goodbye, at least in the extreme numbers we see today, Deterrent for Hackers, etc...
By: Kristin Wong
After all the recent credit hacking news, many people are a little more hesitant about using plastic. Blur is a service that makes your shopping a little more secure by generating "fake" credit card numbers to deter hackers.
Blur is formerly DoNotTrackMe, which we've covered here. They're a browser extension and mobile app, and they've since made many updates to the service. One of the most appealing features is credit card masking, which allows you to buy items without actually giving out any information. The feature is free for thirty days, but then it costs $4.99 a month.
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Once you've registered and downloaded the browser extension, when you make an online purchase, a "Protect My Card" notification will pop up, giving you the option of using a masked card. Blur will automatically create and insert a one-time use number, security code and expiration date. You can also use the feature in-store, with the app. Just enter the amount you want to pay in the app, tell it where you're at and give the credit card info to the cashier.
Business Insider reports:
"Masked cards are useful because they leave no trace of your real credit card on all those databases where you shop," says Abine co-founder and CEO Rob Shavell. "The principal behind what we do for security is very simple: Hackers can't steal what they don't have."
As for security, they don't store your actual credit card info.
That data is encrypted and stored by the company's banking partner. "The real point, though, is that consumers shouldn't trust us more than any other merchant," he said. "The advantage is that the more [that consumers] shop with masked cards, the less places their real card is."
You can check out their policy here. To check the service out for yourself, head to the site at the link below.
Photo by Sean MacEntee.