Is it safe to give out credit card info via Facetime or skype?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hajime, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hello. I know that it is not good to send credit card information via email. How about giving those information to the stores via Facetime or Skype? Anybody knows if the bad guys could monitor the conversation? Thanks.
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I'm going to say no. Anyone who would accept credentials over skype is a bit suspicious in my book.
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I'm pretty sure both are encrypted so at that level it's probably a bit safer than using your analogue landline phone. Whether you consider verbally giving all the details required to make more transactions to anyone safe is really up to you!
  4. PraisiX-windows macrumors regular

    May 19, 2011
    You could always create a document and label it as something else, write the credentials in there and then rename the document to something else, so that it would appear as an .exe or .avi.

    And then just make sure the guy who's supposed to receive the credentials knows that once he's received the for instance .avi knows he's supposed to rename it back to .docx, that way someone "listening in", wouldn't know what to do with it.
  5. dduggan macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2009
    I think anyone with the skill and ability to be listening will be wise to that kind of ruse. If you trust the person on the other end, I would go ahead - what are the chances of your being targeted for the theft?
  6. PraisiX-windows macrumors regular

    May 19, 2011
    Tbh I doubt it, unless they're really going through everything you send they wouldn't find it I think.
    Anyway, like you say, the chances are soo slim that it is NOTHING to worry about.
  7. dduggan macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2009
    Well network security is a small hobby of mine, and if somebody is monitoring your activites, they damn well know you're about to send some credentials.

    For example if you're on Skype, you've probablly just told somebody you're sending them payment details. You don't talk about payment and then send an AVI file. Or you've had a previous discussion about how you're going to disguise the credentials.

    But like I said, unless there is a reason for somebody to target you specifically (as this is a lot of effort to go through), you're probably safe through obscurity. Although that is bad in practice really.
  8. TheFridge macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2011
    South Africa
    I would not give out my credit card details at all. Unless it is an emergency. Also remember that your skype conversations (the typed ones) can be viewed easily (like if you forget to log out). And if you type your credit card details into skype you now have that information sitting on two and potentially more computers and you can't be sure how secure the other persons PC is.

    Also you cannot be sure that your conversation is not being overheard (if you are using the voice/video) by some disgruntled employee ready to take all your hard earned money.

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