Thursday, October 13, 2011

Magnetic Hotel, Motel, Key Card Security

Grab a refrigerator magnet on your way out the door, we all have tons of
> them!
> Always take a small magnet on your vacation , they come in handy at the
> end of it.
> This is pretty good info. Never even thought about key cards containing
> anything other than an access code for the room!
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> 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!
> When you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is there

> for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel
> scanner.. 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.
> Simply put, hotels do not erase the information on these cards until an
> employee reissues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time, 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
> drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!
> The bottom line is: 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. They will not
> charge you for the card (it's illegal) and 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.
> PLEASE FORWARD to friends and family .
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