Video: Answers to your most-common EMV questions


As credit cards with secure chips begin to roll out across the U.S., we address some of the most frequently asked questions about them in a video interview with Smart Card Alliance head Randy Vanderhoof

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EMV credit cards are rolling out across the U.S. The cards contain a computer chip that’s more secure against counterfeiters than traditional magnetic stripe technology. They’re already widely used in other parts of the world. But here, many questions remain.

We spoke with the head of the Smart Card Alliance, Randy Vanderhoof, to get some answers. His comments are recorded in the series of videos below. Click an image or question to go to the video.

1. Do I need to swipe my EMV credit card?

2. Do I need a PIN for my EMV credit card?

3. Will EMV credit cards protect my online purchases?

4. Will EMV chip cards work in NFC mobile wallets?

 See related:Poll: Wealthy getting EMV cards first, Online fraud may surge after EMV chip card rollout, 8 FAQs about EMV credit cards

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Video: Do I need a PIN for my EMV credit card?

New credit cards containing secure computer chips are being rolled out in the U.S. These EMV cards are sometimes called chip-and-PIN cards, which is confusing because you probably won’t actually use a PIN like they do in other countries

Published: April 16, 2015

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