Feeling Not So Secure


I put my card in the ATM I tend to use, and after a moment the machine ejected the card. At first I thought something was wrong, that my card was unreadable or the machine was being shut down to be refilled. Then I read the message on the screen.

Turns out that it’s a feature. Instead of holding your card hostage for the duration of a transaction, the machine spits it out right away. The purpose is to make it harder to walk off and forget your card, which seems like a worthwhile goal.

The thing is — now I’m fretting that I’ll walk away and still be logged in…

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