Protecting Your Personal Information From Digital Hotel Thieves
I have a chair massage business in NYC. We offer corporate chair massage as well as chir massage for meetings and for event planners.
Many of these events are held at hotels. I always wondered how safe my personal information was when I stayed in a hotel like this It’s important to Keep Your Personal Information Secure When in A Hotel. Many people are interested in security systems and internet security but they never consider something simple like their personal information on a hotel magnetic key card.
I never considered that a hotel key card contains alot of my personal information in addition to the access code for the room!
No one knows what is stored on the card or how much and I have heard an urban legend that all your personal information is stored there. Well the legend is wrong but not by much.
HOTEL KEY CARDS
Ever wonder what is on your magnetic key card? Answer: a. Customer’s name b. Customer’s partial home address c. Hotel room number d. Check-in date and out dates e. Customer’s credit card number and expiration date!
All this may be on your key card.
When turning them in to the front desk your personal information is right there. In fact any employee can access this information by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner.
It is possible that an employee can take a hand full of cards home and using a scanning device, access the information
onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense. Did you know that most hotels do not erase the information on these cards until an employee reissues the card to the next hotel guest. Then the new guest’s information is electronically ‘overwritten’ on the card and the previous guest’s information is erased in the overwriting process.
But until the card is rewritten for the next guest, it usually is kept in a drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!
So to keep your information secure Keep the cards, take them home with you, or destroy them. NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket, and NEVER turn them into the front desk when you check out of a room.
Don’t worry, it is illegal for them to charge you for the cardand you’ll be sure you are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any simple scanning device card reader.
For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover you still have the card key in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport trash basket. Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the electronic information strip!
If you have a small magnet, pass it across the magnetic strip several times. Then try it in the door, it will not work. It erases everything on the card.
Information courtesy of: Metropolitan Police Service and my friend Safeer.
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