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IT specialist warns of holiday hackers

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Several credit cards are displayed on a table. (File/FOX Carolina) Several credit cards are displayed on a table. (File/FOX Carolina)

Customers use them just about every day, but with each swipe, debit and credit cards could be compromised.

"I did not realize that there were such sophisticated ways for people to go in and steal your information," Charlotte Ford said as she carried her shopping bags Thursday night.

Recent reports show cyber crime has gone from swiping purses to get card information to getting it straight from credit card machines inside of businesses.

Ford said now she's concerned about holiday hackers.

"I usually pay with cash, just because it's easier for me to keeping with you know any finances," Ford said.

Christine Worley said she's also worried about fraud and phonies.

"You should enjoy shopping and not have to worry about if your identity is going to be stolen," Worley said. "The holiday season, there's a lot more activity going on with the use of credit cards and debit cards."

Deveren Werne is familiar with technology tampering. He's an information technology specialist with Liquid Video Technologies in Easley.

"If you see them swiping your card on a computer, it's going across the Internet nine times out of the10," Werne said.

He said businesses should be PCI compliant, which stands for the Payment Card Industry standards that went into effect back in 2010.

"A lot of places are not PCI compliant, which means they don't have a firewall or a secured environment in place to protect your data," Werne said.

He said customers can protect themselves by shopping with checks.

"If somebody steals your checks and they're writing bad checks, you can track it," Werne said.

It's just one more thing Ford said she'll put on her holiday shopping list.

"I'm going to have to go back to those I guess," Ford said.

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