Ways to Keep Your ATM Pin # From Being Stolen

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Ways to Keep Your ATM Pin # From Being Stolen

Back in 2011, a group of researchers from UC San Diego did a paper on ways hackers steal ATM pin numbers.

This is back in the news today as crooks are still getting a hold of the pins. Here are a few ways to keep this from happening.

Ways to Keep Your ATM Pin From Being Hacked

 

After you type in your pin and use and the machine, the person behind you could use a heat sensor detector. Here is a picture of what the key pad looks like before and after.

There are a few drawbacks to this type of hacking which is good news for us.

  • The hacker would not know the code so if they get a 4-6 digit pin, they would not know the exact sequence of the numbers.
  • This digital infrared camera cost $18,000 so not many are using one.
  • This camera does not work on metal buttons since the entire keyboard heats up in use.

One way to keep this from happening is to put your hand over the entire keypad so that the entire keypad shows ups instead of just the few buttons you pushed. So when you are done, hover over the keypad with the palm of your hand which will make the entire keypad show up if a criminal uses this camera.

 

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Hannah Williams
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Kristin   This is great information .. everyone should read this and use this information it is awesome

 

Sep 02, 2014 03:32 AM #1
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Good tips, Kristin.  I rarely use my PIN, but now I know what to watch for!  Thanks.

Sep 02, 2014 03:51 AM #2
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Hi Hannah,

I thought it was scary when I heard it on CBS news this morning so I did a little research. It is SCARY...

Sep 02, 2014 04:01 AM #3
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Hi Suzanne,

Remember for the few times you do use your pin #. Have a great week.

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Great advise Kristin. Now that everything can be traced, even photos on your phone, we need to be extra careful.

Sep 02, 2014 04:23 AM #5
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This is very interesting. Thanks for the tip!

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This is very intelligent guidance, Kristin Hamilton! Have a great week.

Sep 02, 2014 04:45 AM #7
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Hi Patty,

You are so right as we are always logging it; doors, safes, ATM machines etc and the hackers are usually 2 steps ahead of us.

Sep 02, 2014 05:29 AM #8
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Hi Roy,

Glad you stopped by and be careful when using your ATM pin #.

 

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Hi Will,

Glad you liked this information as we are all venerable to hackers.

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Like learning about security issues, did not know about this one until now.

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Thanks for sharing this easy and helpful tip, Kristin!
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Hi Pete,

Glad I was able to pass something on. I saw it on the news earlier this week.

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Hi Lee,

It is what Activerain is all about; sharing information with others.

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Thank you for sharing this information with us! Very good to know!

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Hi Debbie,

Yes as we are all vulnerable with the latest Home Depot hacking. It is really scary!

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