How to protect your credit card

In today’s world of cards, weather credit or debit, the preservation of the cards can imply protection and security of the data of the cards. We present you some of the best and most common advices you can get when receiving your cards.

  • Sign new cards as soon as you receive them.
  • Remember your PIN.
  • Keep the account number card and a personal identification number in a secure place, and not written near the card or in your wallet.
  • Periodically check cards to make sure that you have not lost any.
  • Destroy any paper that might show your card numbers (copies of certificates, airline tickets, travel plans…)
  • Do not give card information if that makes you feel uncomfortable. Follow your intuition.
  • Never give anyone your password to access your online account or to access the Internet service provider.
  • Keep the cards carefully, they are actually money. It is best not to keep them with the money in the wallet, but separately, in another compartment or a separate envelope.
  • Never share your cards and details about them to others, even if you trust in them.
  • While paying in restaurants, gas stations, or any other outlet, do not let your card out of sight. Ask the servicers to conduct transactions in front of you.
  • When using an ATM, be sure to protect your keypad on which you enter your PIN with hand. Make sure that people who are waiting behind you respect the margin of discretion, if necessary, to ask them to step back.
  • Do not ever send credit card information, to bank or their identity by e-mail, to anyone’s request. Lift card in person, rather than by mail. Install a good antivirus program on your computer.
  • Do not fall for stories about business opportunities, winning the lottery or similar eccentricities. They cannot be trusted.
  • In the event of loss or theft of card, immediately call the publisher and block the card. Enter the card provider’s number in the cell phone that you do not have to search for roundabout ways and thus shorten the time in which a criminal can make the cost.

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