Do You Know The Three Dangers To Your Bank Smart Card?

What have you got in your wallet?

The one thing that most people over the age of 18 have in common is that they are pretty reliant on their credit or bank card.

We have become a society that does not like to use cash if we can help it.

So we use a credit card or a debit card from the bank.

They help us keep our wallets clean and they are, for the most part, easier to use than carrying a bunch of cash around.

But cash has one advantage that these smart cards are lacking.

With cash, if it gets stolen, then you will only miss out on that cash alone.

The thief will not have access to any new money that you get.

Limitless Cash Supply

That is not the same reality with bank card purchases.

If the bad guys are able to get the data off of your bank card and you do not notice, they can start to use your card and make several purchases over and over again.

This is why you must always keep track of what your bank and credit card statements say every month.

You may be making purchases and not even know it.

I am going to discuss three ways that your smart card may be in danger, both online and off.

Yes, there are ways that a thief can get your bank and credit card information in the real world.

And it can happen without you even giving anyone your card.

The Three Smart Card Dangers

The first way that this can happen is through the use of a fake front in your favorite ATM machine.

It can be more than just the ATM machine, it can be any machine that you use to put your card in.

They will replace the top of the machine with a fake reader, and when you slide the card through, it collects the information off of it.

The person then comes back at a later date and puts that information onto their computer.

This sort of attack was rare a few years ago, but it is now being seen more in the public.

You must be aware of what slots you put your card in.

If anything seems strange in the machine that you are about to use, walk away.

The second way that you card can be placed into danger, is if you do not have a metallic type of sleeve to put it in.

There are ways that people can pick up your card information without it ever leaving your pocket.

There are card readers that will do this and as long as the person gets close enough, they will be able to pull the data off of your card.

That is why you see specially made sleeves for your credit card.

They are made to protect you from this type of attack.

As long as you have one of those cards, you will be safe.

And the last type of attack that they can pull against your smart card is of course online.

Going to the wrong web sites and placing your data in them will always be a recipe for disaster.

You must make sure that you are careful in what sites that you decide to make a purchase from.

Read some reviews about the company on Google.

Make sure that they do not have a bad reputation.

These are the three ways that your smart card might be in danger.

Make sure that you do what you can to protect it.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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