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Stealing from Your Starbucks App

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If you have the Starbucks app on your phone, you'll want to make sure you update your password.  Otherwise, hackers could be stealing from your bank account.

The way it works is a hacker will access your account, probably through a weak or compromised password.  The Starbucks app has a feature where it will automatically load money into your account from your bank account or PayPal, so the thief will enable that if you haven't done it already, then they'll load money up on a gift card and send it to themselves.

It's obviously best to make sure you have a secure, unique password, but the telltale sign of being hacked this way is that you'll get quick, repeated notifications of money being loaded onto your app.

It's important to note that Starbucks says they haven't been hacked or had their customer data compromised.  And while a person should have good, unique passwords for every account they have, Starbucks could do more to keep this from happening, like enabling two-step authentication, where you get a text or email if your account is accessed from a new device.  This simple and increasingly widespread technique would have spared the victims of this scheme.