Use a virtual credit card for safer online shopping
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Here's how to use a virtual credit card to protect your real number when shopping online.
A virtual card is a temporary credit card number with expiry date and security code that's associated with your real card.
Several US banks offer this feature like Citi.
Bank of America calls it ShopSafe.
Customers can create a virtual card by clicking on the use ShopSafe link on the credit card activity screen.
Privacy.com is a service that makes virtual numbers when you need them.
It's currently only available in the US and in Beta so you may have to add your e-mail to a waiting list to gain access.
Install the browser extension and click the icon in the tool bar.
You can chose an non to [UNKNOWN] to the card, you also have the option of creating a burner card.
This means, once the number is used, it self destruct so it cant be used again.
Virtual credit cards only work for online purchases not for real world transaction.
In San Francisco, I'm Lexy Savvides Cnet.com, for CBS News.