Metal Key Safety

17 08 2011

Courtesy of MSN

Using an ATM within your bank should be safe, right?  Think again.  Researchers from the University of California, San Diego are challenging this theory with the use of thermal cameras.  But how can my personal information be in danger with thermal cameras?  These cameras have the capability to capture heat left on ATM keypads – indicating exactly which numbers were pressed.  The report also reveals ATMs with plastic buttons were high-risk for thermal image capturing because heat sits on the plastic for a longer time, while ATMs with metal keys retain heat for a few seconds. 

How can we protect ourselves?  For now, try to use those ATMs with metal keys or use the services of the bank teller.

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