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If you use a credit card at the gas pump, you increase your risk of the stolen credit card information. At the end of 2019, Visa warned many of its customers that hackers are actively stealing credit card information by hacking into gas stations’ point of sales networks. These networks, it turns out, are not as secure as they should be.
Hackers also use phishing scams. All the gas station employee has to do is click a malicious link, and hackers can install software that steals credit card information from the station and sends it back to the hacker.
What can you do to protect yourself? Make sure your credit cards are up to date with the latest chip technology. Never use your card’s magnetic strip, if possible. If you’re still using your magstripe, ask your issuer for an updated card or find a new credit card provider. Cash is also a great option.