Installation and Setup
Now, remember how we told you that there was no installation CD-ROM? Well that is actually a benefit for you as a consumer. When the majority of people buy something they use the disk that comes in the box without thought of seeing if there is a newer and/or more secure version of that same software.
The SMARTSWIPE requires that you download the latest version of the drivers and software before you can use it.
You have options for both 32 and 64-bit installers. However, even if you install the 64-bit version you will need to use the 32-bit version of the browser you use. More than likely this is a simple plug-in issue and is something that will probably be corrected in future versions.
After you get the software down the installation is quick and straight forward. You will need to restart after the install to begin using the SMARTSWIPE.
After your system restarts you will get some additional direction on using your SMARTSWIPE.
As soon as you open Internet Explorer [or other browser] you will be shown how use your SMARTSWIPE. And once you close this window out you will have to continue through a short configuration test to make sure your device is working properly.
Confirming the SMARTSWIPE Works
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After this you are all set to start using your SMARTSWIPE.Performance and Use
Testing the performance of a device like the SMARTSWIPE is always going to be more about ease of use and simplicity. To show this we chose a commonly used online retail site Newegg.com and ran through a purchase.
The first thing we noted when we went o checkout was a warning reminding us not to type in our card information but to use the SMARTSWIPE.
Once you click on the SMARTSWIPE icon on the toolbar you are asked to swipe your card. The software can even convey to you which cards the website you are using accepts. The SMARTSWIPE encrypts the information that it sends to webpage. This prevents the skimming of your data by a keylogger or other malware designed the read data entered on a webpage.
If you have never used the current card before [or if you chose not to save card information] you will be asked to verify the card by entering its CCV [Credit Card Verification] number for the card.
After you enter this little bit of information you get the chance to review your card. It will show the type, card number [with only the first and last four digits visible] and expiration date.
After you complete the verification step you will be greeted by a window letting you know that the site is now secure. All of the normally visible credit card information will be blanked out and not accessible.
SafeCheckout - Protecting Your Purchases
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The last step after reading and accepting the warning is to checkout. At the top of the site window you will see information letting you know that the site is secured by SafeCheckout. You can also change the card number if needed.
In practice the SMARTSWIPE is very simple to use and even someone that is not computer savvy would have an easy time getting this setup and running.
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