Bank card protection

Warns you when you try to use your bank card on suspicious sites

The threat

Your bank card number and other payment data are very valuable to cybercriminals. To get access to this information, they often create sites that offer goods and services at huge discounts. Alternatively, they disguise their pages to look like well-known online payment sites.

Another security threat comes from online shopping sites that do not have sufficient security. Most major sites that allow you to pay by card use the encrypted HTTPS protocol. Some sites, however, still use the unsecure HTTP protocol. All it takes is one transaction with a site whose security isn’t up-to-date to expose your card information to hackers.

How it works

Bank card numbers usually consist of 16 digits. The first six are to identify the issuing bank, and the last one is a check digit that results from putting the other digits through a special algorithm. Protect looks for this pattern, so it can recognize when you enter your card number on a website. The card number itself is not sent anywhere. As soon as Protect determines that you have entered in a card number, it checks whether the site you have entered it on is safe.

If the site uses the unsecure HTTP protocol, or Protect knows that it is fraudulent, you will see a warning and will be able to stop it from sending your card information.

How to turn it off

Protect automatically checks every site on which you enter a bank card number. If you do not want Protect to perform this function, press on the icon in the address bar, and turn off protection in the window that opens.

Other Protect features

Mon Oct 05 2020 10:35:39 GMT+0300 (Moscow Standard Time)