DO Not Leave Your Hotel Key Card!!!

10 Mar


If you’re like me, I travel a lot, and stay in hotels, you get a keycard. I used to sometimes leave them in the room when i was leaving. I didn’t think much it until I saw a news item the other night saying folks at this one hotel  had their credit card info stolen and it was directly from the keycard! The Keycard?!

Depending on the type of card and format, the magnetic strip of a keycard can hold more information than some people realize. This was a plot point in  TV Show 24 season one. The fact is that hotel keycards are capable of storing a good amount of the data about you that the hotel has on file,

  • Customers (your) name
  • Customers partial home address
  • Hotel room number
  • Check in date and check out date
  • Customers (your) credit card number and expiration date!

Some say its okay and NOT a risk because not every hotel does this, the information on the card can vary. Ive been hacked in a variety of unusual ways in the past couple of years, so I don’t take any chances!

The bottom line is, keep the cards or destroy them or turn them into the front desk! NEVER leave them behind. 


Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Uncategorized


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2 responses to “DO Not Leave Your Hotel Key Card!!!

  1. Will Iaint

    August 22, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    This is utter rubbish. There is no reason for the Hotel to have any of those details on them. Many hotels do not even have the keycard machine connected to the PMS (Property Management System). It is programmed with the room number for x number of nights. That is it.


    • James Lott Jr CTACC

      August 22, 2015 at 12:39 PM

      Thanks for reading Will. And as you read, I did say many hotels don’t do this. But of course you nor I can speak for EVERY hotel in the world. My point is just to not take any chances period, though it may seem benign. You can never be TOO careful today.



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