Protecting Your Thermal Signature

Did you know that when you are using your debit or visa card to purchase items that you are leaving a thermal signature of your pin card behind?

Watch this video for more details:

FLIR One: Heat-sensing Camera

flir-one heat sensing cameraDid you know that there is a Thermal Imaging Camera that can be purchased for iPhones that can clicks on to an iPhone that can be used to capture thermal signatures?

The FLIR One sells for about $400 and slides on to the back of an iPhone 5 or 5s. Right now, it doesn't work with any other iPhone model, such as the 5c or the larger iPhone 6 that Apple is releasing.

Once attached, it doubles the thickness of the phone and contains its own rechargeable battery.

Thermal Camera Practical Uses

There is a practical application for using thermal image cameras, Thermal Cameras can:

  • Pin point heat leakages in home insulation
  • Identify water leaks (Evaporation usually makes humid areas colder)
  • Find studs in walls
  • Provide Hunters a method for spotting wildlife
  • Night Navigation
  • Assist Fireman for finding hotspots or locating victims in smoke

How to Safeguard Your Thermal Signature

Love it or Hate it, we can't stop technology and thermal camera technology is just another example how something so innovative is now affordable and can be used by all types of people. Mark Rober's video demonstrates this new simple way for 'bad guys' to steal your ATM pin code without you noticing.

Fortunately, the way to prevent this from happening is also very simple. This information is so important to SHARE - help your family and friends protect themselves!

  • Be aware of the keypad you are using to enter your pin number. This method won't work on Metal keypads only on plastic or rubber keypads.
  • Press on other buttons after you have put in your pin.
  • Be aware of people who are behind you in line.