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This cool Apple Card feature keeps your number super-safe


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The days of worrying about someone stealing your credit card number during a transaction are about to be long-gone once Apple Card launches.

New details about Apple Card and its features were revealed today and one of the most surprising tidbits is that the credit card number can be regenerated with a push of a button to protect you from fraud.

Apple Card is made of titanium and features no card number on the physical card. Users will be able to find the last 4 digits of their card number via the iPhone’s Wallet app but you’ll never see the full card number.

Apple told TechCrunch that it will provide a virtual card number and virtual confirmation code (CVV) for the card in the app. Those numbers can be used for non-Apple Pay purchases online or over the phone. They’re “semi-permanent” though so you can keep them for as long or as short as you want.

If you’re worried that someone might steal your card number there is an option to regenerate the PAN (primary account number) and get a new credit card number. For instance, if you had to give your mechanic your card number over the phone, you can wait until they process the transaction and then go into the app and get a new card number.

Apple Card also does not require signatures at point-of-sale terminals for any credit cards. Some stores may ask to see your ID, but there’s no place on the card or in the app that has it, adding one more layer of extra protection.


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