SORRY - I
made a TYPO when I originally sent out my email. The name of the
chip was originally call EVM.
That was wrong. The name is actually EMV
I had the M and the V backwards.
I highly recommend that you get
your current credit card updated to include the EMV CHIP that I
pictured above within the red colored square.
PLEASE NOTE - there have been
items written about adverse security problems with chips HOWEVER
I believe they are referring to ANOTHER chip technology used
only in the USA where a customer just passes the credit card
over a sensor at the cash register and the sensor sends out a
radio signal that the card reflects back with the credit card
data. The card described above is different and it seems
to require that the copper metal in the card actually make
contact with the INSIDE of the credit card processing machine
that the merchant has. The merchant actually inserts the card
into his machine.
If you previously travelled
abroad, especially in Europe, you may have seen that instead of
''swiping'' a credit card magnetic strip at a store, the clerk
instead inserts the end of the card into their machine and the
machine then processes the transaction.
The EMV chip type card is
everywhere outside of the USA. However, within the last
year, many of the USA credit card companies have begun issuing
cards with the EMV chip.
Presently, we use the Citibank
MasterCard and it has the EMV chip.
I suggest that you telephone your
credit card company and ask if they have the EMV chip available
and then get your credit card replaced.
Also, I suggest that if you are an
American Express user, that you seriously consider getting a
MasterCard or Visa Card as many companies in Europe do not
accept American Express. This was VERY critical for me as
I unfortunately had to visit a dentist and the dentist did NOT
accept American Express.