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6 Reasons why cards are safer than cash

by Mastercard

As we continue to digitize our lives with the latest technology, the perks of plastic are beginning to eclipse that of paper. Although the use of cash may never cease completely, it doesn’t hurt to upgrade to safer, more convenient payment options. Here are six reasons why paying with a card is safer than doing so with cash:

1. Traceable records

All purchases on payments cards are recorded, allowing you to monitor your expenses made via your bank or card statements.

This safety feature comes in handy when you need to dispute or cease an unauthorized transaction.

2. Do-away with cumbersome payments

Imagine taking out a large, conspicuous wallet or fumbling through wads of cash every time you make a purchase. Not only is it cumbersome but the jingling of metal and the rustling of paper makes you an attractive target for watchful thieves. Payments cards, on the other hand, offer a more discreet way to carry large sums of money, making transactions quick and unnoticeable.

3. Cards are recoverable, cash isn’t

Due to its anonymous nature, if you lose your cash, it’s gone. Payment cards can be cancelled and replaced swiftly and remotely.

4. Multi-layered security in your card

Whilst cash may offer you complete anonymity from data thieves, EMV chip enabled cards offer a more thorough form of payment authentication, providing an extra layer of payment security. How so? Dynamic data is created, making each chip transaction unique and virtually impossible to replicate. This unique transaction code is also useable only during that particular purchase transaction, preventing thieves from re-using it for other transactions.

5. Payments cards offer fantastic protection for travelers.

Here’s one for those who fly frequently! Certain payment cards offer travel insurance that covers personal accidents, lost luggage, and travel delays. Check with your issuing bank to find out what their service offering is with travel insurance so that you can travel with peace of mind knowing that both you and your money are covered.

6. Banks have measures to protect you when your cards are lost or stolen

Accidents can’t be avoided entirely, which is why banks have measures in place to minimize the damage. If you think your card is lost or stolen, notify your bank immediately so they can take the appropriate next steps to secure your money!

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Editor's note - But if you do not wish to have a record of how much you have and where you spend money on for personal privacy reasons, best to rely on cash.