Flashing your Visa

I have a webcam, kinda sorta. Well, yes, I do actually have one. I plugged it in long enough to verify that it worked, then put it away, and haven’t used it since.

And I don’t think I’d want to use it for this:

Startup company Jumio has debuted its new technology, called Netswipe, that can not only read the numbers off your [credit] card — a process that some smartphone apps already do — but also claims to add a higher level of security to the transaction.

By “higher level of security,” they mean that they can tell, or at least that they think they can tell, whether a proffered card is the genuine article or one cranked out by a fraudster. And you’ll still have to key in your CVV, though you’d use their touchscreen rather than your own keypad, just in case someone is recording your keystrokes.

Commenter Eyebrows McGee rejects the technology out of hand:

This would cut into my drunk, naked shopping time, so no.

Um, okay. So noted.


  1. Wayne McEvilly »

    27 July 2011 · 8:54 am

    This post came across as a quintessence of quirk…which is to say, I thogoughly enjoyed it, yet feel someone foggy…

  2. fillyjonk »

    27 July 2011 · 8:57 am

    I saw this advertised somewhere and my first reaction was “Doesn’t seem even remotely legit.” But I guess it is….

  3. Dick Stanley »

    27 July 2011 · 11:39 am

    What, Chas, you don’t use Skype?

  4. CGHill »

    27 July 2011 · 11:43 am

    Never touch the stuff.

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