Beware being shimmed
Yes, shimming is rife at ATM's....and yet another dimension in the various attacks on our privacy and going about our business safely and securely.Brian Krebs over at Krebs on Security provides some helpful hints on how to protect oneself from being shimmed..."Once you understand how stealthy these ATM fraud devices are, it’s difficult to use a cash machine without wondering whether the thing is already hacked. The truth is most of us probably have a better chance of getting physically mugged after withdrawing cash than encountering a skimmer in real life. However, here are a few steps we can all take to minimize the success of skimmer gangs.-Cover the PIN pad while you enter your PIN.-Keep your wits about you when you’re at the ATM, and avoid dodgy-looking and standalone cash machines in low-lit areas, if possible.-Stick to ATMs that are physically installed in a bank. Stand-alone ATMs are usually easier for thieves to hack into.-Be especially vigilant when withdrawing cash on the weekends; thieves tend to install skimming devices on a weekend — when they know the bank won’t be open again for more than 24 hours.-Keep a close eye on your bank statements, and dispute any unauthorized charges or withdrawals immediately."