NetSecure SmartSwipe credit card reader
Because you can never be too safe on-line
The credit card number and its additional three-digit security code are automatically scanned and entered onto the web page for you. These numbers are encrypted as they’re scanned and are not displayed on the web page. So, as well as bypassing keyloggers, the SmartSwipe also keeps the card number safe from prying eyes.
There is one loophole, though. You do still need to type in other details, such as your name, address and telephone number, so there’s still potential for keyloggers to get hold of some of your personal details there.
I tested the SmartSwipe by making a number of small purchases online and it did work perfectly well. The only real question is how badly you need that extra level of protection.
The main places where I tend to spend money online are the iTunes Store and Amazon, both of which keep your card details permanently on record – as many other online retailers tend to do as well – so you don’t actually need to re-type your credit card number each time you make a new purchase anyway. And, of course, there are options such as PayPal that can also be used to protect credit card numbers online.
Tech-savvy readers of the Register may well feel that they simply don’t need a device like the SmartSwipe, especially at £70 a pop. Even so, the SmartSwipe might be worth purchasing as a gift for elderly relatives or others who don’t feel comfortable using their credit card online – if only because it provides peace of mind rather than water-tight security. Now, where did I put that credit card..? ®
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