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30 2013

Security of Personal Data

Security of Personal Data

Yesterday, I received a phone call from the security desk of VISA card and was telling that they detected a sign of unauthorized use of it. I was asked if I made iTunes account days ago which I didn’t do. The staff said that the account is often used for checking if a card is enabled or not. Fortunately, someone just made the account and didn’t use it, and then I canceled the card on the spot.

I asked the staff how they recognized the sign. I mean, though it’s often abused, a lot of card holders make it for choice on a daily basis. I didn’t think they called everyone, so why they called me?

I was given the account: a week ago they detected a payment to an Internet TV that is also often used for the checking cards’ availability and had been monitored the usage conditions since then. Since iTunes account was made using my card several days later, they called me to confirm the conditions. I was incredibly impressed. They did a good job!

I feel fortunate that as it happens, I expended the validity of the Internet TV that I use for watching figure skating competitions since last year. If I skipped Rostelecom Cup last weekend, I wouldn’t do it, and I would end up suffering monetary damage.

No one knows how and when the card information was getting out. I had kept that card over 20 years and charged anything and everything on it, as a main card, across the globe the entire time. In nearly a decade, I bought and booked anything and everything online with that card, too. I have watched out for payments after use of cards until now, but, well, I was just extremely lucky that I could prevent unauthorized use of it.

It is impossible to completely avoid using credit cards or entering its information online (though, making a PayPal payment online if it’s available), so I decide to change the card number biennially or triennially from now on.

This incident taught me a good lesson. If one holds a credit card, it should be managed by a major, legitimate and grounded company.

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