How to Minimize Your Risk of Smartphone Hacking

Your smartphone may be vulnerable to would-be hackers, and you may not ever know it. Hackers will attempt to gain access to your email, your password, your contacts, even your photos. And if you use your smartphone for work, hackers could also try to gain company intelligence from your mobile phone.

According to a CNBC article there are at least three ways in which your smartphone is likely to be breached.  Our Consumer Guide provides more information regarding security and your smartphone.

Deep Insert ATM Skimmers May Pose a Risk to Your Money

Most of us have heard about ATM skimmers.  They are card readers attached to an ATM that can steal the data off your debit or ATM card's magnetic stripe.  The data can then be used to create a clone your card.  Typically, skimmers can be easy to detect if you know what to look for.  However, a new breed of ATM skimmers known as deep insert skimmers can be much more difficult to spot.  These are wafer-thin devices hidden inside the card acceptance slot of the ATM.  They are virtually impossible to detect when on an ATM.

Using an ATM (or for that matter, a credit card reader in a retail store) always poses some degree of risk.  However, there are steps you can take to better protect yourself.

So you have a privacy question or complaint—now what?

Submit your privacy questions and complaints to us through our Online Complaint Center (OCC). Privacy Rights Clearinghouse’s dedicated Consumer Advisor responds to everyone, and we work very hard to stay up-to-date on a wide range of privacy issues

Here are some common questions we receive about the OCC.