Virtual cards from Google Chrome will make online shopping safer than ever before

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To shop safely online, create virtual cards on Google Chrome.

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Virtual cards are being used in a new Google Chrome upgrade to make online buying more safe.

The move, which was announced at Google’s IO 2022 event, would improve user privacy by allowing users to autofill details of a virtual card when prompted in the browser, including the lengthy card number, expiration date, and three-digit CVV number.

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This should help protect a user’s actual card details against fraud and ensure that they aren’t stored on a merchant’s database, where they could be compromised in the event of a data breach.

Virtual cards in Chrome

Google is partnering with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Capital One to launch the new system, which will first be limited to the United States before expanding to other regions in the near future.

The move, according to the company, will add an extra layer of security when paying online through a payment gateway, eliminating the need to manually enter card details for each purchase, similar to how paying with a contactless card in a physical store eliminates the need to enter a PIN number or the seller ever seeing your long card number.

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Users can access their virtual card number and track recent transactions at pay.google.com, where they can also enable or disable the service for eligible cards, as well as view and disable the feature for eligible cards.

The virtual cards, according to Google, will most likely be used for one-time payments, but they can also be used for repeat purchases or subscriptions. The corporation also states that it would not use data derived from virtual card usage for ad targeting, but this seems improbable.

Chrome Autofill will be accessible on desktop (ChromeOS, Mac, Windows, and Linux), with Android and iOS versions coming soon.

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You’ll notice several types of virtual cards depending on your card provider. Capital One users will receive a unique virtual card on each site, according to Google, whereas Visa and American Express will utilise a single card across all sites, albeit with a different CVV each time.

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