The Best Ways to Use Virtual Cards

December 16, 2020  |  Porte Team

Add an extra layer of protection to your wallet: Porte Virtual Cards. Today we’re breaking down what they are, how they work, their benefits, and the best ways to use yours.


What are Virtual Cards?

Virtual Cards are unique sets of numbers, expiration dates, and security codes that are tied to your account. Purchases made with your Virtual Card will still hit your account, but since your primary card number isn’t provided to the merchant there’s an extra layer of protection.

For example, if a merchant’s system ever gets hacked, you can cancel the Virtual Card you made the purchase with, making the card information the merchant has on file useless to fraudsters.


How do Porte Virtual Cards work?

Porte Virtual Cards are only usable online or over the phone. Merchants process virtual cards the same way they process a traditional credit or debit card.

You can use Porte Virtual Cards for multiple transactions. Meaning, you can use your Virtual Card until you close it. Once you close a Porte Virtual Card you have the option to immediately generate a new Virtual Card with a different number. With your account, you can create up to six Porte Virtual Cards at one time.1

Porte Virtual Cards also allow you to access your funds immediately. After you set up and fund your account2 you don’t have to wait to receive your physical card in the mail. Instead you can create a Virtual Card to use for online bill pay and purchases.


What are the benefits of Virtual Cards?

  1. They add an additional level of security to your online purchases and bill pay.
  2. They reduce the risk of fraud or cloning your debit card.
  3. You can cancel them through the Porte App.
  4. When the card is cancelled, it won’t affect other recurring payments tied to your Porte account.
  5. They’re not a physical card, which means you can’t lose them.


What are the best ways to use Porte Virtual Cards?

We love how easy it is to track your spending with Virtual Cards. We recommend categorizing your online purchases by which Virtual Card you use. Here’s some ideas to get you started:

  1. Subscriptions and subscription trials
  2. Online bill pay (utilities, rent, cell phone, auto insurance)
  3. Online shopping
  4. Charitable giving
  5. Entertainment and travel

Remember, while you can easily manage subscriptions, budget better, and protect your card information with Virtual Cards, no security measure is 100 percent foolproof. If you use Virtual Cards, it’s still important to enable activity notifications about your Porte account, as well as to review your monthly statements and credit score to ensure they’re free of fraudulent activities.

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  1. You may request up to six (6) active Virtual Cards. Virtual Cards are subject to the same fees, limits, terms, and conditions as your Account. See your Deposit Account Agreement for details.
  2. **IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR OPENING A NEW DEPOSIT ACCOUNT:** To help the federal government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, the USA PATRIOT Act requires us to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens an Account. **WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU:** When you open an Account, we will ask for your **name, address, date of birth, and your government ID number.** We may also ask to see a copy of your driver’s license or other documents at any time. All Accounts are opened subject to our ability to verify your identity by requiring acceptable types of identification. We may validate the information you provide us to ensure we have a reasonable belief of your identity. If we are not able to verify your identity to our satisfaction, we will not open your Account or we may close the Account if it was previously funded. Your Account is subject to fraud prevention restrictions at any time, with or without notice.
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