It does not matter how cute it is, or how relieved you are to finally find it after having lost it, or how mad you are at those hacks over at your bank for misspelling your name. It cannot be stressed enough that it is always a terrible, terrible idea to post pictures of your credit or debit card on the Internet.
We figured this went without saying until we noticed the slew of reports published online this morning regarding a Twitter account, @NeedADebitCard, that aggregates tweets in which users candidly posted pictures of their credit and debit cards. Thankfully, at least for these Twitter users who unwittingly exposed themselves to serious risk of credit card fraud (if you can even call it that), many of the Twitpics and Instagrams that once revealed credit and debit card information have since been removed, perhaps resulting from this morning’s publicity.
The silver lining here appears to be at least a small handful of individuals learned their lesson, but the fact that such a Twitter account can even exist begets another, larger problem altogether. If this is going on somewhat regularly on Twitter, imagine how often this sort of thing occurs on Twitter’s exponentially more populous counterpart, Facebook.