Losing all your airmiles!

We all know about ID theft. It can be devastating. But in some instances, it is just plain theft. This article at the Huffington suggests that hackers can steal your miles for their own use. The brazen action can happen even to the most savvy of travellers such as Zach Honig.

One thing we all know is that putting your boarding pass up on your blog is potentially asking for trouble. That’s what we wrote about here. Even images can be deciphered especially the barcode. That’s why the image we used had the barcode covered up at the bitmap level.

We are in an age where information is the new commodity. What you provide in terms of your private and personal identifiable information to any account is vulnerable. Have you not noticed that for every social media account you signed up with, asks for more and even more personal information in name of security?

How do we protect our privacy? Simple – give out the least information about yourself! And for the accounts you have, it’s one thing to suggest that you use different passwords for each of your accounts. However today where we all have enough accounts that exceed the digits on our hands, how can you remember them all??

An update: recently we read that flashing a “V” sign might lead to identity theft! How’s that possible you ask? Well according to technological experts, the modern digital camera now has such high pixel count power that it might just be able to scurry off with your finger prints from a photo shot. And that’s not getting into retina scans too, which apparently there are machines out there that can scan your eyes from 12m away!

Will there be finger and eye guards developed to protect our privacy? What do you think?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

16 thoughts on “Losing all your airmiles!”

  1. Would the “V” still mean peace if you have it facing the other way? But yeah, I know, we can’t be forever thinking of ways to fight the thieves. Since we are all going to leave this world with nothing, I’m seriously starting to believe, accumulating anything isn’t the way to go at all. We must spend (on experiences) as we earn. 🙂
    And be vigilant and not show too much! 🙂

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  2. Absolutely identity theft will only be a growing issue in the 21st century. Everything is connected and yet you only need your weakest link to fall before your life unravels before a total stranger. Soon, there will be a demand for security guards not only in the physical sense, but also the metaphysical. What has the world come to…?!

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  3. As a Software Engineer, I’ve always been pro when it comes to the advancements made through technology. However, these past few years, trends suggest that IT people are using their skills to exploit other people. That is just pure shame. But, now that we are aware of this sad fact, all we can do, if not stop them, is to protect ourselves from being exposed and exploited.

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