Tuesday, August 21, 2018

How to Use Digital Wallets

Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and other mobile wallets are revolutionizing the checkout experience by blending two developments in payment infrastructure to save you time: near-field communication (NFC) and token encryption.

Using a Digital Wallet 
Approximately one-third of all payment terminals nationwide have been updated to accept Apple Pay. It works on phones equipped with the necessary NFC equipment. If you have an iPhone as recent as an iPhone 6 or newer, you can use the pre-installed Passport app. There are simple, on-screen instructions for adding a debit or credit card.

Samsung Pay is structured similarly and will work on select Samsung Android devices. However, Samsung has incorporated magnetic secure transmission (MST) technology, too. Hold a phone against a payment terminal and it emits a signal that simulates the magnetic strip on a debit or credit card. In terms of convenience, this means you can use Samsung Pay on almost any payment terminal. The only situation where Samsung Pay won’t work is when you need to insert your card into a slot.

Setting Up Your Community Financial MasterCard® in Your Phone 
Did you know you can set up your Community Financial debit and credit cards in your phone’s digital wallet? Visit cfcu.org/digitalwallet or Watch our “How To” Video to learn more!


Safety & Security 
Mobile wallets transfer money from customer to vendor via tokenization – the use of a non-secure piece of data to stand in place of a secure one. When you make a payment with one of these services, the app creates a token – a random series of numbers – corresponding to your account, along with a one-time security key. It transmits that data to the payment terminal, which sends that token to the “token vault,” a secure database linking these tokens to actual accounts.

If the security key is correct, the token vault transmits a charge directly to the linked cards and returns a verification of funds to the payment terminal. Since the token vault is hosted at the payment processor, the point-of-sale terminal never sees your card information. That’s fewer points of vulnerability for your data. This also means that Apple and Samsung have no idea what purchases you’re making. For fans of internet privacy, this is heartening news.

There are other layers of security involved in these services, too. To use Apple Pay, you’ll need to use TouchID, FaceID or input your PIN. For Samsung Pay, you’ll have to authenticate your fingerprint, input a PIN, or confirm an iris scan.

Whether you’re an Apple fan or an Android supporter, mobile wallets are an efficient, secure way to pay. Download the app, link your Community Financial MasterCard, and start leaving your wallet at home! Learn more at cfcu.org/digitalwallet.

Your Turn: Have you tried using a digital wallet instead of a regular credit card? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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