The common or garden boarding pass is a familiar sight to most of us, and once served its purpose is typically discarded without concern as soon as we land. But maybe we should take a little more care of that scrap of paper!
We are all aware of the need to keep our digital data safe these days, and with the guile and cunning of an MI5 agent take all sorts of security measures with our mobiles, online banking, pin numbers and email accounts. However, did you realise that there is a great deal of information on that innocent little piece of paperyou just left on the plane that hackers can use to access your personal data?
For example: If a would-be hacker took a picture of the bar code on your boarding card; using a few of his software tools it’s possible for him to access your e-mail address and telephone number. From there they might even get access to your bank account or maybe even break into your home… after all he knows you’re on holiday!
The broadcaster USA Today have released a video (below) in which they show how easy it is for a hacker to access your information using just his mobile phone. So, the next time you brag on Facebook with a photo of your flight tickets to Barbados, don’t be surprised how much of your information actually ends up in the wrong hands.