One of the biggest benefits of a digital wallet and mobile payments is convenience. Plus, by allowing you to leave your wallet at home and make contact-free purchases instead, a digital wallet eliminates the need to carry cash and identification and increases your personal safety all around.
You can quickly and easily pay for goods and services using your digital wallet, with functionality enabled by mobile payment services that wirelessly link your digital wallet to the checkout terminals found at millions of grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants and other retailers nationwide. These payment terminals use a technology called “near-field communication” (NFC), which allows digital wallet users to simply tap or wave their device on or near the terminal, and then be on their way. The funds are digitally deducted from your linked bank accounts or charged to your linked credit card.
Another way that digital wallets can make payments more secure than using conventional credit cards, debit cards, or cash is because the credit or debit card info that’s linked to a digital wallet isn’t actually stored on your device. Instead, a device-specific number and unique transaction code are assigned to each device and transaction.
As a result, when payments are made using a digital wallet, your credit card number is never shared with merchants. And with two-factor authentication that requires either Touch ID, Face ID, or even just entering a simple PIN to unlock your phone, your digital wallet remains protected even if your phone is lost or stolen.