Wednesday, 3 August 2011

HOTEL KEY CARDS: Some important information and precautions

Himachal Vacation Travel News
SHIMLA/ MANALI: Ever wonder what is on your magnetic key card?
a.  Customer's name
B.  Customer's partial home address
c.  Hotel room number
d.  Check-in date and out dates
e. Customer's  credit card number and expiration date!
When  you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is there for  any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner.. An  employee can take a hand full of cards home and using a scanning device,  access the information onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your  expense.
Simply  put, hotels do not erase the information on these cards until an employee  reissues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time, the new guest's  information is electronically 'overwritten' on the card and the previous  guest's information is erased in the overwriting  process.
But  until the card is rewritten for the next guest, it usually is kept in a  drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!
The bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them home with you, or destroy them.  NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket, and NEVER turn them  into the front desk when you check out of a room. They will not charge you  for the card (it's illegal) and you'll be sure you are not leaving a lot of  valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any  simple scanning device card reader.
For the  same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover you still have the  card key in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport trash basket. Take it  home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the electronic  information strip!
If you have a small magnet, pass it across the magnetic strip several times. Then  try it in the door, it will not work. It erases everything on the card.
Information courtesy:  Metropolitan Police Service.


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  2. Hotel key cards are sensitive, data can be erased easily, i think people who feel in security regarding to use of key cards now will be happy and practice these tricks before leaving hotels....