We’ve been over this time and time again: It’s super easy to fall prey to hackers online. Whether they’re going after your passwords or credit cards, it’s amazing how easily your information can fall into the wrong hands. There’s a new super scary technique out there that hackers can use to get your credit card information in only six seconds. Basically, a computer will try hundreds of different expiration dates and CVV security numbers until it lands upon the right one.

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But here’s the thing: It’s super hard to protect yourself against this type of attack because the solution to the problem lies with the online retailers’ form of payment processing. Although, Mastercard owners are better protected against this sort of attack than Visa owners. A Mastercard will automatically shut down a card once 100 wrong combinations have been tried.

But it never hurts to be extra cautious with your credit card information online. Make sure you’re only entering your information into sites that start with “https.” That “s” means secure, and it will help you guard your info more closely. Keep an eye on your statements and don’t save your information on your browser’s autofill (no matter how tempting it may be).

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(h/t TechCrunch; photo via Getty)