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By: Armourcard Team

Protect yourself from identity theft

What are the best ways to prevent identity theft?

Here are 10 top tips to help protect yourself from identity theft

At ARMOURCARD we are often asked what can I do to minimise the risk of my personal data being compromised.

So we have compiled a list of the 10 top ways to protect yourself. (for the detailed list go here)

  1. Shred itlike you mean too

  2. Stash it keep your receipts when out then shred it when home

  3. Lock it up mailboxes, filing cabinets, phones

  4. Financial diligencecheck your statements and all correspondence

  5. Protect itePickpocketing

  6. Check-upskeep up to date credit checks

  7. Red Flagslook out for any unusual activity

  8. Freeze itinstall a freeze on your credit

  9. Opt-out of pre-approved credit offers

  10. Password Savvyuse different passwords

It’s often easy to forget just how easy your identity can be stolen especially in the technical age in-which we are living. By taking several steps and making them routine you will help greatly reduce your chances of having your identity stolen.

To find more about what each one of the 10 Tips means and how you can implement it go here

5 BEST tips to protect you from ATM skimming

In light of the spate of ATM scams going on here and in Bali recently, it is time to look at ways to protect yourself.

ATM skimming (or physical skimming) has been around for years in-fact ever since the birth of automatic teller machines and the roll-out in the 1980’s. Lately the criminals are getting even more advanced in there brazen perpetration of this crime, from gas pumps to store terminals and even bank ATM machines it seems the criminal will stop at nothing to get your hard earned cash.

We at Armourcard know all about many types of skimming and Armourcard protects you from RFID wireless skimming of your ‘Tap & Go’ cards. ATM skimming (Your card details being skimmed at a machine) has no real protection other than your vigilance in protecting yourself every time your withdraw money from a ATM.

Here are our 6 best tips you should do when your at a ATM machine – EVERY-TIME

1. Always pull, push, shake and rattle where you put your card in (in-fact try to remove it) gently…

2. Drum, pull or push and rattle all around the ATM to see if anything else is loose like the keypad. (you may get some strange looks but it is worth it so you don’t get skimmed)

3. Look for a camera overhead or a pin-hole camera above the key pad or even in a pamphlet holder that are sometimes attached to an ATM (directed at the keypad)

4. Always cover your hand when putting in pin. (Yes obvious we know, but you would be surprised how many people forget this basic step. (Especially when your in a rush or being distracted)

ATM Skimming - Heat Signature for pin number5. After you have put your pin in, place your entire hand flat over every key on the keypad to transfer heat signature. (you do this because criminals are using your heat signature left by your fingers to get your pin-number, for example, the first digit of your pin will be cooler than the last digit you put in through the colour spectrum.) so a clever way to mess that up just places your hand over the keyboard for a second or 2. (This can be done while you wait for your cash)

Bonus Tip

Never re-put your pin number into retrieving your ATM card out of a machine, as shown in the recent Bali scams by doing this it opens up your account again for the criminals (often within the store after you leave) to come in and empty your card. If your card gets taken then leave it in the machine they cant empty your account without the open gateway (so do not put your pin in again which opens the gateway) accept your card is lost and call your bank.

By doing this you are helping to protect yourself from the way these criminals skim at these machines whether with a camera, heat signature or devices attached to machines.

Do it every time.

Armourcard CEO Tyler Harris featured in The Australian Newspaper

Our CEO Tyler Harris has been featured in the national newspaper The Australian both in print and online on the 1st Aug 2017 in an Article called

Armourcard ads to the Arsenal

Mr Harris talked about the next battleground for identity theft and data stolen is on your smartphone and how criminals are exploiting the back door into your phone to get your data.

Armourcell stops Smartphone hackingHarris went on to say

As Australians rely on smartphones to go about their personal and professional transactions, data stored on those devices is the new gold.

and continued

What many people don’t realise is that mobile phones can be penetrated through the NFC technology which is constantly on and emitting a signal. All it takes is for malicious code to be injected through the NFC feature on a smartphone and a hacker pushing out malicious RFID signal to a phone by the RFID chip, to get hold of passwords, photographs, and other personal information.

 

 

Armourcell Phone Protection AndroidTyler introduced Armourcell, our latest product to protect your android smartphone from this type of attack

 

With Armourcell, we are providing smartphone users peace of mind and protecting their data from being compromised,

Mr Harris said.

To read the full article please go to The Australian

 

Find out more about how Armourcell can protect your phone

 

Active Protection for Cell Phones

Armourcard CEO Tyler Harris Featured in AFR talking about cyber crime

Australian Financial Review reports on identity theft in the digital age

Tyler Harris the CEO of Armourcard was interviewed for comments by Duncan Hughes the highly respected journalist from the Australian Financial Review on Identity theft and whats coming our way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may also like to read about how over 400 mil is wirelessly skimmed from Australians by electronic pickpockets

Find out how you can protect your smartphone with Armourcell

 

2016 sees a 47% increase in scams reported in Australia costing close to $300 million.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) annual report released today states a marked increase in scams since 2015.

Some 200,000 reports have been compiled from ACCC’s ScamWatch, Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACCORN).

Australians over 55 accounted for 45% of the reports to ScamWatch.

Investment scams (totally $59 mil) and dating and romance scams ($42 Million) featured high on the list with social media platforms often being the launch pad for these scams.

As consumers you need to be aware and go in with open eyes, these scammers are clever and clearly pray on the vulnerable ( just by amount given to dating and romance scams) so if someone you may have become friends with on say Facebook or a dating site starts to ask you for money your alarm bells should be ringing loud and clear… run run away fast. Report it. Don’t fall for this.

The other interesting thing to watch out for is online store scams, a good rule of thumb is if the deal is to good to pass up compared to the genuine price of the goods then its properly is a scam 9 times out of 10. The product properly doesn’t even exist as the store is just front to rip you off. Before you purchase anything do some research on the business, look for ratings or reviews about the store. If you do purchase Only pay using secure payment methods such as Paypal or a credit card which often cover the fraud unto a certain amount.

The best defence against scams is education and awareness. Consumers concerned about scams should visit www.scamwatch.gov.au to keep up to date with scams to look out for, report scam activity, and get information about what to do if they become a scam victim.

Smartphone Hacking

 

 

There’s a lot of stories in the media at the moment in light of revelations that certain government agencies can hack into your smartphone.

Whether it’s for spying on you for audio bits, capturing visual bits by turning your camera on without you ever knowing or just tracking your where abouts, it seems Smartphone hacking is hitting the mainstream.

Criminals have been looking for ways to exploit smartphones since they were invented way back when Steve Jobs released the first generation iPhone® on June 29th 2007.

Fast forward almost ten years and how our lives have changed because of that “light bulb” moment from Apple. Every year at the hackers convention Def Con held in Las Vegas these hackers  are show casing how easy these technologies we use daily are open and vulnerable to hacking.

Find out how Armourcell™ can protect your Android phone

The interesting thing is that most people who have ever used “Find My” feature for a lost phone, laptop etc is tapping into a form of surveillance. Whether it’s a partner tracking a spouse’s movements or downloading malicious code hidden in an app your kids just to downloaded to somebody walking past you in the street injecting malicious code via the backdoor through the NFC (Near Field Communication) or tap and go / bump feature located on most smartphones these days.

The fact is with so much information on our smartphones its just way to tempting to not be exploited by criminals and let’s just say certain “agencies”.

As smartphone owners, we need to start stepping up security measures and that starts with simple things like two-stage pin security code, knowing what you’re downloading is from a reliable source, checking permissions of the apps your downloading etc.

Armourcell stops Smartphone hackingThe harder thing to monitor is walk-by NFC injections, this is when somebody injects a malicious code into your phone via the NFC feature that tells your phone to do something (like next time your in a wifi zone, your phone is fooled to back up, then boots up a browser in the background to a malicious web address that copies all your files to the server) Scary stuff and everything & I mean everything is worth money on the dark web or deep web.

At Armourcard™ we knew this vulnerability was coming and that’s why we developed our latest product called Armourcell™ which utilises our patented micro jamming technology found in our original Armourcard product and applies it to your Android smartphone.

Armourcell™ effectively shuts the NFC backdoor into your phone and also stops your phone acting as a sniffer via the NFC feature for credit card data out in the open.

 

To find out more about Armourcell™ for Android phones here 


Armourcell Phone Protection Android

Active Protection for Cell Phones

How your smartphone can get hacked by people walking next to you

60 Minutes USA recently did a great story on how criminals are able to hack into your smartphone by walking near you.

The story covered a few interesting developments. We at Armourcard were already across from the NFC exploitation of the android platform by contactless malicious code injection to trojans being hidden in free apps like games that you or children download.

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You can view the full 60 minutes news story on smartphone hacking here

The malicious code injection or a hidden trojan can reap havoc by telling your cell phone to do something remotely. For example, with a little bit of malicious code injected via the NFC feature on your smartphone and with a walk-by from a criminal pushing out the malicious RFID signal to your phone via the NFC / RFID chip, the hack can tell your phone that next time you’re in a wifi zone to open up a browser in the background to a malicious URL that fools your phone to ‘update or backup’ to the cloud.

All your data from that smartphone is gone in an instant to “the cloud”(a hackers server).  Every ounce of data has a price and all these pieces are carved up by what is now known as a digital ‘chop shop’ and sold off. Everything from emails, SMS, passwords, credit card info, geo-location data. And what is most alarming is that your photos and photos of your family and kids can be sold and resurface on unsavory websites.

Armourcell Phone ProtectionThis new wave of crime which is starting to become more prevalent and is the reason we developed our latest product called Armourcell. It uses the same micro-jamming technology we developed for Armourcard and applies it to the NFC chip in your smartphone, effectively we close the backdoor to your cell phone by jamming the NFC signal until you want to use it. Given that this crime was most recently covered by 60 Minutes USA who ran two separate stories on hacking your smartphone just goes to shows that this crime is becoming mainstream today.

To find out more about how Armourcell can protect your Andriod smartphone go here

 

Armourcell protects your phone


All credit goes to the 60 minutes team in the USA for producing this story, you can see the original article on their website here at the 60 minutes news story on smartphone hacking

Armourcard featured in the "what to pack" article in the Sunday National News Limited Press Escape section

What-to-pack

Armourcard has again been featured in the News Limited national Sunday papers across Australia in there travel lift out magazine ‘Escape’ in the travel essentials area ‘What to Pack’ on the 7 August 2016.

Tyler Harris the director went on to say

What a great surprise to be featured again in such a great weekend travel magazine, Escape, that is distributed in all the News Limited Sunday Newspapers

Harris went on to say…

It is a testament to our product offering as being not only the first to produce a Active RFID Micro Jammer in the world but to only offer the most superior protection from this type of invisible crime across a broad spectrum of products from Tap & Go credit cards, ePassports to hotel keys, travel passes and building entry keys that work on the global standard frequency for contact-less devices of 13.56Mhz.

We are a proud Australian company who have invented and patented this technology to help protect your personal information from being skimmed and used often without you ever knowing when or where it happened to you.

You can purchase your Armourcard from our online store or find a local retailer stocking Armourcard near you.

Make sure when you next travel, you travel with the superior protection that only Armourcard can provide.

Stay safe and be vigilant in protecting your data.

Travel Expert and Advice Column Recommends Armourcard to readers.

Acclaimed travel advice column  DOC HOLIDAY featured in the Sunday National News Limited  newspapers has recommended Armourcard as a must have while travelling.

In the Article Doc Holiday went on to say

I suggest you safeguard yourself for your up coming trip and your everyday movements with one of these cards

The Co Founder of Armourcard Tyler Harris made comments

This was a fantastic surprise  to wake up to this article this morning while out having breakfast with my family.

Harris went on to say:

…with a lot of passive card type devices currently flooding the market and being touted trying to blur the lines between their products and our patented technology, we are so pleased to see that the travel professionals who we look to for advice recommend Armourcard as the best product to protect you.

Armourcard is the only product to have FCC (Federal Communication Commission) approval as we needed it as Armourcard emits a “Jamming signal”, we are also TSA approved to go through airport security.

You may also like this article / consumer alert-RFID protect cards are not created equal

[Article appeared in the Doc Holiday expert weekly advice on travel queries feature in the National Sunday News Limited Papers on Sunday 6th March 2016]

To read the article see the newspaper snipet below.

Article-in-the-paper

After the US launch of Armourcard at CES 2016 in Las Vegas Nevada earlier this month, it seems we have made quiet an impression with the media and in particular tech writers.

Ben Crosser from PHA media Technology & Innovation team  have pulled together a list of Top 10 Safety & Security Companies to Watch at CES 2016

Ben intro’s the piece

Another year, another CES, brimming with start-ups and household names alike, looking to become the next big tech trend. But who will come out victorious? In the third of a six-part series, we give our verdict on the most awe-inspiring hopefuls of the New Year in the Safety & Security category.

Ben goes on the say:

CES in Las Vegas is a haven of game-changing companies and products – not least in the safety & security sector. Throughout 2015 we saw hundreds of headlines that both highlighted vulnerabilities and emphasised the need for viable solutions – from cyber security to child safety.

And continues…

From over 500 impressive companies exhibiting at CES from 6-8 January, we have identified a list of 10 to keep an eye on in 2016, as they look to revolutionise the safety & security industry as we know it.

At Armourcard we are so thrilled to be included on such a prestigious list.

One of Armourcard’s founders Tyler Harris responded to the news …

It’s fantastic to see that we have made an impression at the worlds largest Consumer Electronic Show, it is a testament to all the hard work both the Australian and our US associates have put in to get us to the show. The feedback, retail opportunities from launching Armourcard and the new soon to be released Armourcell product on the global stage has really been exciting.

Armourcard Stand at CES 2016 in Las Vegas Nevada

Harris added…

The year ahead is already shaping up to be very busy, with the heightened interest in both our products generated from our launch at CES we are already in talks with some exciting potential retail opportunities both in the US and abroad off the back of the show.

The full article can be Read here

 

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