Visa Brings Token Security to eCommerce

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The FINANCIAL — Visa, Inc. on October 26 announced that it has integrated token technology into Visa Checkout, the company’s online check out service used by merchants and consumers globally to make safe, easy payments in just a few clicks. Visa made the announcement at the Money2020 conference in Las Vegas.

Visa Token Service is a technology that replaces sensitive payment account information found on payment cards, such as the 16-digit account number, expiration date and security code, with a unique digital identifier that can be used to process payments without exposing actual card account details, according to Visa.

Additionally, Visa is working with merchants to apply token technology to “cards-on-file.” These are customer card account numbers that merchants store in their systems to facilitate repeat payments such as monthly subscriptions or billing services.

Today’s announcement, coupled with the transition to EMV® chip technology, the tokenization of mobile payment services, biometrics, and improvements in fraud detection analytics, are all helping to advance payment security for Visa account holders. By working with merchants to integrate tokens into Visa Checkout and tokenize card-on-file accounts, Visa will be paving the wave for its security technology to extend to virtually every type of consumer payment experience – in-store, on-line and in-app.

“Our goal is always to make payments fast, easy and secure,” said Sam Shrauger, Visa’s senior vice president of digital solutions. “This has been a transformative year for payment security with new technologies that bring added protection to consumer accounts while shopping in-store and in-app, and now online, too.”

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Visa Checkout issuers and merchants are supportive of the integration, and expressed interest in working with Visa to make tokens available to their e-commerce customers.

“We’re pleased that Visa has added tokenization to Visa Checkout in an effort to keep the payment details of more Visa cardholders safe with advanced security technology,” said Faisal Masud, executive vice president, global e-commerce, Staples, Inc. “Our customers value mobile solutions that let them conveniently, quickly and securely purchase the products they need to run their business.”

“Our highest priority is the security of our customers’ transactions, whether they are paying online or in a physical store,” said Tom Kunz, senior vice president, PNC Digital, PNC Financial Services Group. “That’s why we are working with Visa to integrate their innovative security technology, Visa Token Service, into Visa Checkout on our site. This technology offers greater security and because it can also be used with EMV chip cards, consumers can benefit from this added security feature whether paying online, in-app or in stores around the world and across the web.”

“We are pleased to work with Visa to integrate token technology into Visa Checkout,” said Michelle Moore, head of digital banking at Bank of America. “Bank of America Visa card customers who use Visa Checkout will enjoy even greater peace of mind since this technology will help prevent unauthorized transactions from occurring should their online card information fall into the wrong hands.”

“Our top priority in all aspects of our customer relationships is security, which is why we are working with Visa to extend its token service to the fast growing eCommerce and mCommerce world,” said Dominic Venturo, chief innovation officer at U.S. Bank. “Using tokens helps ensure that the sensitive information found on plastic cards is never shared or stored.”

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