One way for consumers to protect online purchases is to use virtual credit cards. By doing this, cardholders can generate a unique, one-time use credit card number to use for each purchase. When a consumer purchases something online and the virtual card number gets skimmed, the attacker does not receive the actual card number, and they will be unable to use the virtual number for any fraudulent purchases. This will save the user the hassle of canceling a credit card and getting a new one shipped to them. Consumers can also consider using different credit cards for online shopping, shopping in stores, and recurring payments. If one card is compromised, it is easy to switch to using another card until the bank issues a replacement for the compromised card. Researchers have released information about the attack that can help anyone identify if they have been a victim of this attack. This information can be found here: https://blog.malwarebytes.com/threat-intelligence/2021/11/credit-card-skimmer-evades-virtual-machines/.