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Security Problems Confront Chip Card Users

Users of chip cards issued by banks can face security problems. Other customers may easily be able to view its PIN code when typed into a retailer's card reader.

Although chip cards were introduced to improve security, the risk of theft is now greater when they are used in restaurants and bars.

Banks, shops and restaurants are starting an information campaign aimed at advising the public to be cautious when using their chip cards. The campaign emphasises that PIN code security is primarily the responsibility of the card user.

Markku Siitonen, a Director at Nordea Bank says users should remember their PIN code number and take steps at the point of payment to prevent others from seeing it being entered on a card reader. He adds that customers may ask for the payment to made using a signature.

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