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ATMs: convenient, but a security risk

Stefan Hammond | Feb. 13, 2013
It's hard to remember life without ATMs. In Hong Kong, we can transfer funds, pay our utility bills and even settle tax demand-notes using an ATM. And they even dispense cash.

Be alert when you use an ATM. Don't let anyone distract you--complete your transaction, be sure you've tucked away your card (and cash) safely, and leave.

More information on ATM-skimmers is available from the website of Charles Krebs: a US-based security researcher who documents these criminal devices. Krebs compiles his ATM-skimmer stories here:

http://krebsonsecurity.com/all-about-skimmers/

Basic security practices are important when you use any ATM. Refuse to be a victim. Remain alert, cover the keypad when entering your PIN, and urge others to do the same.

 

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