Google Chrome launches virtual credit card number to protect users

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Google has announced that its Chrome browser will now offer users the option of using a virtual credit card number while filling out payment forms online.

The “virtual card” function aims to protect user information when making payments on the Internet. This way, users will not need to enter their CVV number and the website facilitating the transaction will not receive users’ actual financial information.

Google made the announcement at its annual developer conference on Wednesday, rolling out several privacy and security updates, including virtual credit card support on Android and Chrome.

“When you use autofill to enter your payment information at checkout, virtual cards add an extra layer of security by replacing your actual card number with a separate virtual number,” said Jen Fitzpatrick, senior vice president of Google Core Systems & Experiences, in a report.

This autofill option will provide virtual card details to users, who can then manage virtual cards and view their transactions on pay.google.com.

The feature will be rolling out in the US for Visa, American Express, Mastercard and Capital One cards later this year.

“Shoppers using Chrome on desktop and Android can enjoy a fast checkout experience when shopping online while having peace of mind knowing their payment information is protected,” said Arnold Goldberg, vice president and Managing Director of Payments at Google.

Google also announced that its users could request that personal information such as emails, phone numbers or home addresses be removed from search results through a new tool on the Google app.

It also announced end-to-end encryption support for group conversations in the Messages app for Android and on-device encryption measures for Google Password Manager.

Read the full story at: Peoples Gazette.

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