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ID Card Won’t Swipe?

December 5, 2011

Have you tried to swipe your UC ID card to get into the Fitness Center, or the computer lab, only to find that it doesn’t work? It could be that you killed it by not being careful where you put it! ID cards are sensitive to sources of magnetism such as magnetic clasps, large speakers, magnets, and electrical fields. Here are a few tips:

  • Never carry your ID in the same case or pocket as your cell phone.
  • Don’t lay your ID on top of your TV, monitor, speakers or microwave when you get home.
  • Don’t drill a hole in your card to put a key ring through it. (This one is from personal experience, people!)
  • Protect the magnetic strip on the back from scratches.
     

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