How Does Smart Card Technology Help To Protect Privacy?

How Does Smart Card Technology Help To Protect Privacy?

The recent security breach at Target – where hackers made off with 40 million credit and debit card numbers as well as encrypted PIN data — has focused renewed attention on the vulnerability of U.S. credit card security systems. Security experts say the United States lags far behind many other countries in adopting readily available technology that can provide stronger protection for consumers. In Europe, “smart cards” have been the standard for at least a decade. Smart cards – also known as EMV or “chip and PIN” cards – have…




Why We Love Smart Card (And You Should, Too!)

Why We Love Smart Card (And You Should, Too!)

If you have been to France in the last few years and you had to make a phone call, you probably ended up using TeleCarte, the smart card that France Telecom uses as a calling card. You were probably aware that the little golden stylized spider on it was not just for decoration, but most likely you did not know that that little thing of the size of a credit card was a 16 MHz microprocessor with up to 64 kb of memory (for non-techies, the first IBM PC ran…