Keeping an ongoing review of payment card charges, in this case with Visa, is an important part of minimizing damage from an attack. Whether it’s Pipka or previous versions like Inter, paying attention to detail pays off. Online shoppers, especially during peak purchase seasons, should regularly monitor payment card activity for any unusual charges…don’t wait until the monthly statement is released. It’s easy enough to check charges far more often these days and it’s good advice to do so when pulling that card out of your wallet often.
In addition, make sure you are using secure sites when entering any payment card or other sensitive information in online ecommerce sites. Look for the "https://" in the URL as well as the lock icon and heed any warnings about expired certificates or unsafe sites.
The moment something unexpected is detected, no matter how small the dollar amount, report it immediately to the card issuer. This enables the card provider to prevent further charges to the card until it’s investigated. This quick action prevents further bogus charges to the card and greatly reduces customer and card issuer liability for the damage. Keeping tabs on payment cards is an ongoing process to be taken seriously, especially at peak holiday shopping times when hackers do their best to take your money and run, hoping you just won’t notice.