Risky Places To Use Your Debit Card

Having your debit card info stolen is worse than a credit card, because they can access  your ACTUAL money.  So there are situations where using a credit card or  cash is better.

Here are four of the riskiest places to use your debit card . . .

1.   Janky ATMs that aren't associated with an actual bank.  They're easier  to hack, and more likely to have card skimmers, which are little  devices that look like a normal card reader.  But they steal your  information.

2.  Gas pumps.  They're another popular place for  card skimmers.  So if you want to be careful about it, take a good look  at the card reader before you use your card.  Or go inside to pay.

3.   Restaurants.  They're one of the few places where someone else runs your card.  So your waiter could use a handheld card skimmer.  Or they  could just take a photo of your card and use your info to buy stuff  online.

4.  On the Internet.  Yes, using your debit card for ANY  online purchase isn't a great idea, because there are several ways your  info can get stolen.  You could have malware on your computer and not  know it.  Someone could be eavesdropping through your WI-FI.  Or the  website you're on could save your info and get hacked in six months.   Which is why a lot of experts say using your debit card online is the  RISKIEST thing you can do with it.

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