Beware of your habits at the airport - can be a gift for hackers

When you have just arrived at the airport, then it is most logical for many, even though you are already checked in, go and print your boarding card out. So y

Beware of your habits at the airport - can be a gift for hackers

When you have just arrived at the airport, then it is most logical for many, even though you are already checked in, go and print your boarding card out.

So you are sure to have it physically, if now the electronic driller. But it can prove to be a stupid idea.

If you choose to print your boarding pass out, then you are greatly at risk of being attacked by a hacker.

Many may think that the physical boarding pass is far more secure than the electronic, but it is not the case. The road to your so-called ‘frequent flyer account is incredibly easy.

Because the hackers do not need much more than a name, booking number and your frequent flyer number, and all the three things are on your boarding pass.

And when the first cash machine in your flight account, then they can abuse all of the information that you have standing there.

Including the loyalty points you have built up through the years to get cheaper tickets.

"When you look at cyber crime is rejseindustrien now the second most vulnerable industry after the financial. Much of that is due to the evil people are about to find out the value of the loyalty points," says Caleb Barlow, who is the president of CynergisTek, a company in the field of cybersecurity for Forbes.

the Queenbet Hackers can sell the points earned on the black market at a good price.

Caleb Barlow says at the same time, besides it is easy to get into your account, then there are also other benefits for the hackers by using the methods.

He points out that you hardly check your flight account as often as you check your bank account, and so it is difficult to track, if your point has been moved.

"You ought to see your frequent flyer number as a credit card or your account."

"Would you just be indifferent and throw a piece of paper away with your credit card number and your name on it? Of course not," he says.

The stupidest thing one can do with his boarding pass, is not, however, just to throw it away. Then there namely only one who can find it.

The stupidest thing is to take a picture of your boarding card and then throw it on the social media, explains Charles Henderson, who works for IBM Security. So is it available for all.

"I would without a doubt recommend to use the mobile boarding pass on the airline's app. Paper-boarding pass is just unsafe. There is a reason that we removed credit card numbers from the receipts," says Charles Henderson.

Date Of Update: 23 November 2019, 12:00

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