Visa Inc. announced that the company has now issued more than 1 billion tokens worldwide through Visa Token Service (VTS), marking a major milestone in its proprietary offering to help accelerate eCommerce innovation and make payments more secure. Visa Token Service replaces a cardholder’s 16-digit Visa account number with a secure token that protects the underlying card number from fraudsters.
The rapid adoption of Visa’s tokenization technology comes as the world’s massive shift to digital has changed the way we live, work and buy, with 90% of shoppers hesitant to shop in stores and 45% claiming online shopping is now a necessity1. With digital buyers expected to hit 2.1 billion worldwide by 20212, Visa’s tokenization technology as well as its click to pay experience play a vital role in strengthening digital payment security globally, which is more critical now than ever before.
With more merchants and retailers adopting tokenization technology, VTS is scaling and accelerating its credential-on-file (COF) tokenization efforts. Today, there are over 13,000 merchants transacting with Visa COF tokens. There are also over 8,200 issuers enabled on Visa Token Service from 150 markets.