How to Get A Single-Use Credit Card Number With Privacy App

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A little paranoia when it comes to signing up for services online can go a long way: it’s healthy to be perpetually suspicious of the words “free trial” followed by a prompt for your credit card information. Times have changed, though, as now there’s a free app called Privacy that can provide you with a single-use credit card number and ironclad protection for all online transactions.

How can you use Privacy to keep your financial information safe, and how does the app work exactly? We have the answers to make you a bonafide Privacy expert in minutes!

How does Privacy work?

Privacy’s pitch is simple:

Link your bank account to your Privacy account and then create virtual cards you can use to sign up for services and make purchases online. You’re not directly using your actual credit or debit cards to purchase anything; instead, Privacy’s virtual cards function as a middleman between your money and a transaction.

The virtual cards you create with Privacy are fully customizable. You can set specific limits for what they can be charged and how often they can be charged as well as easily close any cards at any time. If a card with a limit is charged an amount over its limit, the transaction will simply be declined. It’s also easy to generate a single-use credit card number that will automatically close itself after being used.

An optional browser extension for Privacy even creates and autofills card numbers for you at the checkout so that you never have to memorize a temporary virtual card number or go out of your way to log in to the site and create a card. Privacy also offers a Pro version of their service which allows you to create more virtual cards than the free version and also get 1 percent cash back on virtual card purchases.

How to use Privacy

To get started, head to the Privacy site, sign up for an account, and link your bank account. Once your basic housekeeping is out of the way, you’ll be brought to your Privacy dashboard where you can get started.

Privacy Home

Once you’re at the dashboard, click the “New Card” field next to “Cards” at the middle left of your screen. From here, it will only take you a single click to generate a new card.

Privacy New Card

You may want to consider giving your virtual card a nickname related to its intended purpose to keep things organized. From the “New Card” screen, you can also quickly set a spend limit for your virtual card. Once your card has been created, it’s ready to be used. Simply input the relevant card information during checkout, and your new virtual card will be charged.

If you’d like to download Privacy to your phone, there are both iOS and Android versions available for download. Additionally, Privacy’s Google Chrome browser extension can be installed with a single click.

Fortunately, if you do experience credit or debit card fraud, all is not lost. There are many things you can do to mitigate the damage. We have the definitive guide for what to do if you experience fraud.

Ruben Circelli
Ruben Circelli

Ruben is a Staff Writer at Make Tech Easier. Ruben has a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he graduated with honors and summa cum laude. Ruben is, in fact, a normal enough guy, even if his day job is writing about tech!

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