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If you walk into most retail stores around the globe, you'll likely find EMV credit card readers at point-of-sale (POS) cash registers. Short for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, these EMV credit card machines aren’t simply optional — they’re increasingly becoming mandatory across Asia, Europe and even nearby Canada.
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Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) credit cards are a 20-year-old technology that has become the standard payment option in most retail markets around the world. Because each card comes equipped with a “non-clonable” chip, EMVs are more secure than their traditional magnetic swipe & sign counterparts.
Despite these advanced security features, EMV chip-enabled cards are almost nonexistent in the United States.