BOSTON, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to the overwhelming number of inquiries from Target and Neiman Marcus data breach victims, online privacy company Abine is providing Masked Credit Cards for free to exposed shoppers for their next online or offline purchases. Masked Credit Cards enable consumers to shop without ever revealing their actual credit card number. The result? 100% protection from data breaches.
Anyone who shopped at Target or Neiman Marcus recently can redeem the offer here: www.abine.com/target.
While Abine representatives have helped customers understand what can be done retroactively, the most common questions have been, "Why are so many companies losing my information? And, how do I protect myself from this happening again?"
How Masked Credit Cards protect you against data breaches
Abine's Masked Credit Cards protect your existing credit cards by providing an alternative to giving out your real credit card for purchases. Masked Credit Cards have completely unique 16-digit card numbers, expiration dates, and security codes, so the places you shop never get your real credit card info. These cards are one-time use only, can be created with any existing debit or credit card, and expire right after you use them.
"The cards are literally worthless as soon as you complete your transaction," co-founder and CEO Rob Shavell says. "If the wrong people get their hands on your recently used Masked Credit Card, they can't do anything with it. Hackers can't steal what merchants don't have. That's the whole point."
Target is offering victims identity theft protection. Are Masked Cards different?
Yes. Identity theft protection alerts you when someone tries to steal your identity, but it doesn't protect you from a data breach before it happens. That's where Masked Credit Cards come in; they work well in combination with reactive identity theft protection services like Lifelock, Experian, Equifax, and IdentityGuard.
Get free Masked Credit Cards for your next online or offline purchases here: www.abine.com/target.
More than ten million consumers use Abine's innovative and easy-to-use online privacy solutions. With proven tools, Abine enables people to both benefit from the web and retain control over their personal information. Abine is backed by premier venture capital firms Atlas Venture and General Catalyst Partners. Abine: Online Privacy Starts Here™. Abine.com.