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Many European countries are making the switch to something known as the eEurope Smart Card. This is a card that contains a small microchip on it that stores personal data such as birth certificates, visas, passports, bank information and employment history. While this might be ideal and convenient for some people, it is an identity thieves dream.
With all this personal information in one place, hackers and identity thieves only need to gain access to the card and they have all your information in one place. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make sure you protect your eEurope Smart Card and your identity.
Only Give Your Smart Card to Trusted Sources
Lots of people may ask for your smart card for a variety of reasons but make sure that you only give your smart card to trusted sources. This will prevent you from having your identity stolen from someone who is trying to collect the information on the smart card. If you are unsure if someone should be asking for your eEurope Smart Card you can contact the proper authorities who can help you.
Keep the Smart Card in a Protected Barrier
It might be tempting to keep your smart card in your wallet but identity thieves and hackers can get your information from there. With the use of a small computer scanner they can scan the card through the wallet or your purse and gain your information. To prevent this only carry your card when you need it, and try to keep it in a protective compartment even if its in your wallet or purse.
Following these tips can help you protect your identity and keep your eEurope Smart Card information safe.