Saturday, March 20, 2010

Tips for Debit Card Security

Debit cards look, act, feel and work like those other plastic payment cards called credit cards. But think twice before using them in some places, according to this little blurb from CreditCards.com.

Unlike credit cards, debit cards directly access your bank or checking account. That means, if maliciously used, they could be a siphon right into your bank account.

The top ten list are the following:

1) Online
2) Big-ticket items
3) Deposit required
4) Restaurants
5) You're a new customer
6) Buy now, take delivery later
7) Recurring payments
8) Future travel
9) Gas stations and hotels
10) Checkouts or ATMs that look "off"

The last two are particularly interesting. Gas stations are particularly vulnerable to skimming operations at pumps, and ATMs that don't look right can end up unexpectedly in some popular locations.

Remember the bogus ATM planted last year at Defcon right as you went down the hall before the entrance?

3 Comments:

Blogger Dr Anton Chuvakin said...

This list is actually kinda dumb....sorry. Why have a blacklist when all you need is a whitelist:

1. ATM

That's it!

11:53 PM  
Blogger Gibbo said...

whilst searching for secure credit card details sending. do you think a site like http://encryptoemail.com would be safe to use for this?

5:55 PM  
Blogger The IT Security Guy said...

I'm not familiar with that product personally, so I can't vouch for it, but it does look pretty interesting.

The following is a list of similar products, which I've run across, that you might also want to take a look at:

http://www.anonymityanywhere.com/
http://anonymouse.org/anonemail.html
http://www.spamex.com/
http://contactify.com/
http://www.hushmail.com/
http://www.guerrillamail.com/
http://10minutemail.com/10MinuteMail/index.html
https://www.anonymousspeech.com/Default.aspx
https://privnote.com/
http://www.mailinator.com/
http://www.spamgourmet.com/

2:48 PM  

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