All about virtual credit cards


16 Jun 2018

#FinancialBytes: What are virtual credit-cards and how to get one?

Today, most of us prefer online shopping as there are a lot of products available at the click-of-a-button.

Online shopping is convenient but what about security? Users provide and put at risk their debit/credit card details while purchasing products online; cybercriminals can steal and misuse, especially, their hefty credit limits.

To avoid this situation, one can use virtual credit cards.

Here's all about them.


What exactly are virtual credit cards?

What exactly are virtual credit cards?

Virtual credit cards (VCCs) are cards with no physical existence at all, designed to protect one's original card information.

Unlike traditional credit cards with a credit limit, VCCs have no such limits as they're prepaid with limited validity, generated by users by loading balance.

Even if they get hacked, cybercriminals can't use them beyond the loaded balance or after the card's validity expires.


Entropay, one of world's most popular virtual card providers

Entropay is popular international fintech company offering free virtual VISA-powered cards that can be used for making payments across international and some domestic websites.

One needs to register themselves on Entropay before generating the card.

Next, users need to create the card by selecting which currency they want to make payments in and top-up the card. Users can create any number of virtual cards.

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Udio Virtual Card

Udio RBL Bank Visa Card for secure transactions

Udio RBL Bank Visa Card for secure transactions

Udio is a mobile-wallet-provider that also offers a free, prepaid VISA virtual card service.

The Udio prepaid virtual card is powered by RBL Bank. The card holders can also avail cashback and discount offers and all RBL offers.

One can create their account and generate the card using Udio app (Android, iOS). Users can load their wallet and spend the balance using the card.

HDFC NetSafe

HDFC NetSafe cards, secure and fast way to shop online

HDFC Bank provides free NetSafe virtual cards to its customers so that their original debit/credit cards aren't used for online transactions.

HDFC credit cardholders can generate upto five VCCs with Rs. 1,50,000 limit and 48-hour validity. For generating VCCs, users need to register under "NetSafe" on HDFC's website.

Once the card expires, it cannot be used again; unused balance gets credited back to users.

SBI Virtual Card

State Bank of India's SBI Virtual Card

State Bank of India's SBI Virtual Card

Leading Indian bank, the state-owned State Bank of India also offers virtual card service.

Users can simply generate their SBI Virtual Card with a value between Rs. 100-50,000 by logging into their NetBanking account and clicking on "E-Cards" tab.

It expires after one successful transaction or after 48 hours; remaining balance would be released into user's account. It can't be used for international payments.

Kotak Netc@rd

Experience security on your online transactions with Kotak Netc@rd

Kotak Mahindra Bank customers can avail the Kotak Netc@rd Virtual Card service to make secure payments online.

Account holders need to register by logging into their Internet Banking account. It is a single-transaction virtual card powered by VISA that is valid for 48 hours.

The universally accepted card has a limit ranging between Rs. 100-50,000. Any unused balance is credited to the user's account.

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How to get MoneyTap Credit Card?

Can the virtual credit cards be used for shopping online with EMI?

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How to get MoneyTap Credit Card?

Asked 2018-06-27 23:39:49 by Amutha

Answered by NewsBytes

The first and the foremost step to apply for RBL MoneyTap Credit Card is that the applicant needs to download the MoneyTap app from the Android Play Store or an Apple Store. Next step would be uploading required documents and filling in details. For detailed step and procedure, you can check this link.

Can the virtual credit cards be used for shopping online with EMI?

Asked 2018-06-17 22:11:06 by HARPAL SINGH Heer

Answered by NewsBytes

As most of the virtual credit cards are preloaded with cash and have an expiration date, so EMI facility cannot be availed of them.

What will be the cost of a virtual card by SBI?

Asked 2018-06-17 07:48:36 by Udaya Sanker

Answered by NewsBytes

No issuance/ annual fee is charged currently on the SBI virtual card. The facility is available to all Internet Banking customers free of cost.

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