Help protect personal or business Solvay Bank Debit cards at no cost with the proactive fraud prevention features of
CardValet® and CardControl.
Set some boundaries to where, when and how your debit cards are used with CardValet® and CardControl. Limits can be set by merchant types, locations, dollar limits and more.
If you use our Solvay Bank mobile banking app, simply download CardControl to add the ability to set card controls with the convenience of a single sign-on. CardValet® works similarly, but as a stand-alone app on your smartphone.
Have a question that you can’t find in our FAQ accordion below? Contact us at Solvay Bank for more information.
What types of phones are supported by CardValet® and CardControl?
Both apps work with the most recent mobile operating software as well as two past generations of Android and iPhone devices.
What cards can I control using CardValet® or CardControl?
You can control your Solvay Bank Debit and HSA cards. Unfortunately, credit cards are not available at this time.
What are the CardValet® stand-alone app password requirements?
CardValet passwords must be at least 8 characters in length and must contain at least 1 uppercase character, 1 lowercase character, 1 number, and 1 special character. CardControl customers must use their Online or Mobile Banking credentials.
Why are the card graphics the same for both my debit and HSA cards?
At this time, only one card image is displayed in the mobile app.
Can a user unsubscribe from CardValet® or CardControl?
Yes. The user can unsubscribe cards through the application’s menu by selecting Manage Portfolio. To unsubscribe, uncheck all cards and accounts and tap OK.
How do I access CardControl to manage my debit cards through my Solvay Bank mobile app?
There are two ways to access CardControl:
1. Log in to Mobile Banking. From the Accounts screen, select “Manage My Cards,” or on the More menu, click on the “Cards” button. The CardControl app must stay installed on your device in order to access through our Mobile Banking app.
2. Access CardControl app directly from your mobile device using your Online and Mobile Banking credentials.
How long does the app stay logged in if you do not log out?
The app automatically logs the user off after 10 minutes of inactivity.
When a card is lost, does the new card number need to be registered manually through the app?
Yes, the new card number must be registered. There are two way to add your replacement card:
1. Scroll through your card artwork until Add Card appears. Tap and follow the screen prompts.
2. Access the Main Menu in the top right corner of the screen. Select Manage Portfolio and then tap Add Card. Follow the screen prompts.
Can I use CardValet® or CardControl on the phone I brought from another country?
No. The apps are specifically for devices from the United States.
How many cards can you register?
A maximum of 15 cards registered per portfolio, regardless of active/inactive status.
What is the purpose of assigning a primary device?
The primary device is used to track the GPS for My Location alerts and controls and all merchant and threshold alerts will be sent to the primary device.
If a user has two cards from different financial institutions that support CardValet®, can they register both cards with CardValet®?
The user must create a unique login account for each financial institution. Each login account is applicable for a single financial institution. On the login page, the logo of the last logged-in financial institution appears.
Can you make changes to the settings from the nonprimary devices?
Any devices that registered a particular card can view or change the CardValet® settings for that card.
Controls (including the On/Off setting) are set at the card level, so the last update to a control will be honored regardless of which phone was used to make the change. Alerts are set at the device level, so each primary device will receive alerts that were set up from that particular device. The primary device can be re-set by accessing the Main Menu, then Settings and tap the Primary Device toggle.
If a parent registers a card for a child, what stops the child from changing the controls placed on the card?
Each person who registers a card will have access to controls for the card. In many cases, the child will not know about the controls unless the parent shares the information.
When cardholders receive a reissued or replacement card, will they have to update their cards within the application?
Yes. With each reissued card, even if the card number is the same, the expiration date and 3-digit security code on the back will be new. So, the user must add the new card, with a new expiration date and security code to the user's profile.
Can a user re-enroll if they previously unsubscribed?
Yes. To activate an unsubscribed user, the user registers as a new user. The user is required to select a new user name if they are using CardValet. For CardControl, users can reinstall the app and access its features using their Online and Mobile Banking credentials.
I previously set controls in the stand-alone CardValet® app. Why aren’t I seeing these same controls in the CardControl mobile app?
The first-time you launch CardControl in your Solvay Bank mobile app users who already have the stand-alone CardValet® app may need to set one control on their debit card to sync the apps. Once the control is set, CardValet® will register your control settings for both apps and any previous controls set will load into the Solvay Bank CardControl mobile app.
Controls & Alerts
What is the range of the My Location controls, and will this control setting impact internet transactions?
The My Location controls and alerts will check to ensure the merchant location is within a 5-mile radius of the device set as primary. These controls impact card-present transactions only; therefore, internet transactions are not impacted.
If My Location is set but the primary device is off, will transactions be denied outside of the My Location area?
The app keeps location information for 8 hours. If the phone is off for more than 8 hours, My Location controls will not take effect, and the transaction will not be denied on the basis of the old location information.
What happens if My Location is set but the phone is left at home? Will transactions be denied outside the My Location area?
CardValet performs a proximity check at the granularity of ZIP code or city, so if the merchant is close to home then the transactions will still go through.
Can a user turn on My Location for a dependent’s card? How will it work?
My location is only effective for the enrolled user. To limit the dependent's card, the user can use the Region Location feature. The user can set up to 3 regions using the map to designate the area. The regions are effective for all users with the same card number.
A region has been set on the map. Does this mean the card can only be used exactly in this region?
The region shows the approximate area where the card can be used; the area must be greater than 5 square miles. The app can typically map the transaction down to a ZIP code or city. If the city or ZIP code of the merchant overlaps with the selected region in the map, then the transaction can still go through. There are instances when a merchant location cannot be mapped down to a ZIP code or city, in which case the app will default to a state-level match.
Can cardholders block all international transactions?
Yes. International transactions can be blocked using the Block International location control. Transactions will then be limited to the United States.
Does Block International also block international Internet (card not present) transactions?
No. The location controls are applicable to in-store transactions only.
How long does it take for a control or alert setting to take effect?
Control settings take effect as soon as the “Updating Information” message in the app stops.
How do I turn on alert/control for an ATM transaction?
ATM transactions are categorized within the other merchant type.
How does a user turn off notifications at certain times, such as when the user is sleeping?
The user can set the Do Not Disturb time that will suppress notification during the set time. Some notifications will still be delivered, e.g., any transaction denial or any transaction that is a card-present authorization.
Are the alerts sent as an email or as push notifications to the device?
Alerts are sent as push notifications to the phone. The alerts also display under Messages in the app.
If the user has set an alert for international transactions and no controls are set, will the user receive alerts for all international transactions regardless of whether the transaction is blocked or successful?
Yes. An alert is generated regardless of whether or not a control preference is set.
Why is a transaction denied for My Location or My Regions when the merchant is physically located within the boundaries?
When performing an edit check on My Location and My Regions, the app compares the geographic location of the mobile device as well as the Merchant’s Regulation E (Reg E) information that is sent within the transaction. It is possible for the merchant’s Reg E to be an address other than the physical location of the merchant, i.e. the corporate or regional address. In these instances, the transaction will not pass the CardValet edit checks since the Reg E information is not within the set boundaries.
Does the app show a recent transaction history?
Yes. The app shows up to the last 50 card-based transactions posted within the last 30 days.
A threshold limit of $50 has been set but the user cannot buy gas at some stations. Why?
Some merchant types will preauthorize the card for an amount that may be larger than the actual transaction amount. In this instance, the preauthorization amount must meet the threshold spend limit.
What type of transactions display in CardValet® and CardControl?
The app only shows the transactions that are performed with the card. It does not show the transactions that are done on the account but without using your card, such as teller transactions or bill pay on an account.