The term “chip card” refers to a credit card that has a computer chip embedded inside it. The chip is the small, metallic square on the front of any recently-issued credit or debit card. When you “dip” a chip card in a reader (as opposed to swiping a magnetic stripe card), it creates a unique transaction code.
This technology is a major security upgrade from magnetic stripes. Data stored within the stripe never changes. So it’s easier for counterfeiters to copy that information and clone it onto an illegitimate card.
But it’s important to note that chip cards do still have magnetic stripes because not all merchants have card readers capable of accepting chip cards. As a result, chip cards are not as safe as they could be. The magnetic stripe could still be copied, allowing fraudsters to make purchases where a chip is not required.
A chip card is much like a traditional debit or credit card with a magnetic stripe with one significant difference. It holds an embedded microchip that offers an additional level of protection. The microchip converts user data into a unique code, hence preventing card cloning and card fraud.
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