It’s no surprise that personal information is more vulnerable with advances in technology, but did you know that something as simple as throwing out your boarding pass in an airport garbage could make you vulnerable?
Hackers are now using the unique QR barcode on boarding passes to gain access to personal information, such as, your name, phone number, frequent flyer number, and flight info. Worst of all, this information can be used to access an account and reset your frequent flyer PIN number.
How can you protect your personal information?
Wait to throw out your boarding pass until you get to a trusted location, and shred it if you can
Don’t snap photos of your boarding pass and share them on social media – hackers can still scan QR codes that are on a phone or computer screen
Don’t leave your boarding pass on a flight, in the pouch of the seat ahead of you, or unattended
By following these simple tips, you can be sure that you – and only you – get to enjoy your frequent flyer points!