“Please quit posting pictures of your debit cards, people.”
That’s the pleading bio of the latest novelty Twitter account on the block. But this isn’t your average political satire or celebrity parody – this account retweets common-sense-lacking Twitter users who have posted pictures of their credit or debit cards in an effort to get them to stop.
The account @NeedADebitCard has 39 tweets since signing up on May 25th, most of which are pictures of the many debit and credit cards floating freely around Twitter.
Some of the users the account has retweeted have – thankfully – blurred or obstructed the actual numbers on their card. But a shocking number of photos show the full card, credit and debit number clearly visible to anyone viewing the photo.
The account’s purpose is to alert people to their folly and shame them into deleting their photos.
There is, of course, the potential that by retweeting all of the exposed credit and debit cards on Twitter in a single place, @NeedADebitCard might be helping criminals pilfer the identities of unsuspecting Twitter users. It’s unlikely that the account owner him or herself could actually land in trouble for retweeting the information, since he or she didn’t create the photos themselves. But the security implications of an account like this are huge.
Do you think accounts like this are valuable in raising users’ awareness of online security? Or is it too dangerous to retweet such sensitive information? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.