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How to safeguard your best credit cards from identity theft

Answered on | Updated on December 23rd, 2010
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Having the best credit card does not amount to anything if you do not take steps to ensure you are protecting yourself from thieves and fraudsters. The best security measures cannot do anything to save your hard earned money if you are not careful.

We shall now go over a few steps that you can take to protect your credit cards from fraud or theft.

The most common sort of credit card fraud is on the internet. It is hard to find out which websites are legitimate and which ones are not on the internet. Always look for signs like VeriSign, which is a secure connection logo. These signs indicate that the said webpage is secure and any transaction made on it will not be tampered with. Also ensure that you do not give your credit card information to all and sundry websites on the internet. If you need to read out your credit card information to someone who will make the purchase for you, you must be able to trust the person, or ensure the information has been destroyed after use.

The other sort of fraud is when you use your credit card to swipe at machines in shops and hotels. If you visit a hotel and the waiter takes away your credit card, you can never be too sure about what is happening. Magnetic card readers can copy your credit card information in a matter of seconds, and your credit card can be duplicated later on. This is a relatively new technique and it is important that you always try to maintain contact with your credit card. If you have to give away your credit card, do so only at reputable institutions.

Theft is very easy when you carry a credit card. A credit card does not need a pin code like debit cards, so a thief can make away with a lot of money in the form of products. It is not easy to trace the thief, the only solace you can have is if you have a hotline which will help you block the credit card on immediate notice. Best credit cards offer an emergency hotline that will help you do so.

A credit card has a lot of safety features that cannot be easily duplicated with simple machines. It needs all your information to authenticate online transactions. But you need to take a few simple precautions in order to safeguard yourself.

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