Get a new virtual card for every purchase for free. Set spending limits, make one time-use cards, or cards that only work at certain merchants. Join over 100,000+ users that have saved $100 million by blocking unwanted charges due to compromised cards, hidden fees, and forgotten subscriptions.
Lifehacker says it's like creating a Gmail address like “email@example.com”, but for your card number.
Forget about credit card fraud, data breaches, or having to update billing information at all the services you use when a card gets hacked. Foil fraudsters, keep you personal information safe and take back control of your online spending!
Privacy cards may be used everywhere major debit cards are accepted.
- Complete Control - Set max charge limits on each card and close any card with just a swipe.
- Private Payments - Spend anonymously. Use a fake name when you pay. It’s nobody's business what you buy.
- Foil Fraudsters - Cards are automatically locked to the first merchant they're used at. So you're safe even if the merchant gets breached.
- Stop Subscriptions - Set a max charge or make your card single use, so you'll never forget to cancel one of those pesky "30 day free trials."
- Completely free - We make money from merchants, just like a debit or credit card. We won’t ever sell your information or surprise you with any hidden fees.
- Added support for FaceID!
Ratings and Reviews
I don’t understand the negative reviews.
I see several reviews that are quite negative. This service has been indispensable for me. Works great. Their support is fairly responsive (a little slow, but always within 24 hours). The only issue I have is that it takes a long time for refunds to come in (but they do come in, but you’ll end up waiting a day or two for them to show up).
Really great service for online purchases and for use with any services you may want to cancel in the future (great to use to pay bills like internet service so they can’t take your money if you want to cancel).
The only other issue I’ve had is there’s a few places I purchased and it got flagged and declined because privacy marked it as a “threat seller”. Which doesn’t make sense because that’s the whole reason I was using a burner card. Obviously if they’ve already requested the money then they have the card number anyways. So, I don’t really see why I shouldn’t have the option to allow the one payment.
Seriously though...this app is one of my favorite things of all time.
Great idea, bad execution
I’ve been using this app for the better part of a year. I’ve only used it to pay my Apple storage bill. I’ve never needed to link a card because I’ve always had promo credits. But last month I got a payment declined notification from Apple. I checked Privacy, and I still had more than enough credits. So I deleted that card and created a new card. Then I tried to load Privacy from my linked debit card, and it said my account was locked and that I needed to email customer support. This exact same thing happened several months ago. So I emailed them again, 8 days ago. They finally got back to me today. They said, “After careful consideration, we have decided to close your Privacy account because of unexpected, prohibited, or suspicious activity.” They didn’t elaborate. They’ve banned me from their app, for trying to use the basic functionalities of their app. Hope others have better luck not getting banned for no reason.
It actually is that good
It’s really rare that something works exactly as described, but both the app and the Privacy service have surprised me. They do exactly what they say they do, and make it very easy. The only potential downside, you have to trust them enough to give them access to your bank account. I already had a separate account that I use just for online purchases, so I connected this to Privacy. I was surprised at how easy it was to set up one-time use cards, and recurring use cards. I get nice little emails telling me when those virtual cards have been charged. So far, this is been great and I can’t believe it’s free.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.