It was in the news last week that Target suffered a major security breach over the Black Friday weekend, one that may have compromised as many as 40 million credit and debit cards.
It’s unclear exactly how bad the Target breach was or whether customers should be worried. But there’s one even less secure way to protect your credit information: By posting a picture of your brand-new credit or debit card — numbers and all — to Twitter and other social media sites.
A hilarious Twitter account called @NeedADebitCard, which has over 15,000 followers, consists entirely of pictures Twitter users have posted of their debit cards. Most of the pictures have the full 16-digit numbers, many have the user’s name, and even one user posted that “the security code is just like my birthday 527.”
Another variation on the site is misguided good samaritans who find other people’s lost cards and post the picture to Twitter. You may think you’re helping, but…
The Huffington Post and a couple of other sites wrote about the account when it launched last year. But good gracious — no one back then also posted their security code.
There are a lot of ways to be dumb on Twitter. You can spell things wrong. You can be racist. You can defend R. Kelly. But posting a picture of your credit card might be the dumbest Twitter behavior of all.
— Fred (@Driedfred) December 1, 2013