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.
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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