Many people worry that Smart Cards will not offer enough security to prevent thieves from taking all of the information that they need to steal someone’s identity. This concern makes a lot of sense in some ways. After all, if you have all of your information in one place, it could be easy for a thief to steal it and do whatever he wants.
Isn’t having everything in the same location a bad idea?
That depends on whether individuals choose to use security software that will prevent other people from accessing their information. For instance, consumers could choose to download software that only certain individuals can use. If security software forces each person accessing the Smart Card to answer extremely private questions, then thieves would have a much harder time stealing information.
This is similar to what bank ATMs do. When you insert your bank card into an ATM, the machine asks you for a PIN that identifies you as the right person for the account. Without the correct PIN, you have no way to access the information.
Is it possible for thieves to get around this and similar protections? It could be possible. That’s one of the reasons that technology keeps moving forward at such a fast clip. Shortly after a company develops new security protection, hackers start tearing it apart to find ways that they can access information without the proper identification.
So far, security specialists have been able to stay a step ahead of most hackers. There are a few extremely talented individuals who can perform amazing feats with computers. Those individuals, however, are not interested in stealing your identity. They work on much bigger projects. As long as common people can protect themselves from common criminals, they are as safe as they could ever hope to be. The Smart Card takes this protection to a new level.