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Q:

What are the risks of Opal?

Hi everyone,

I am planning to use Opal for my daily commutes and have heard mixed reviews about its safety. I am wondering if anyone can shed some light on the risks associated with using Opal. Are there any potential dangers or security concerns that I should be aware of while using this card? I would appreciate any insights, personal experiences or tips that you may have. Thank you in advance!

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collin56

Hello,

In my personal experience, I have had a few safety concerns while using Opal. Once, while travelling late at night, I encountered a group of rowdy individuals who made me feel uncomfortable. While I did not face any direct harm, I found it unsettling that there wasn't any obvious security presence on the train. I have also heard of incidents where people have been harassed or assaulted while travelling on public transport, although I'm not sure if these are specific to Opal.

In terms of security concerns, I have not faced any issues in terms of identity theft or misuse of my personal information. However, it is important to note that any personal information that you provide or link to your Opal account could potentially be at risk, so it is necessary to take precautions such as using strong passwords and avoiding public Wi-Fi networks.

Overall, while Opal is a convenient and affordable mode of transport, it is important to remain vigilant and aware of potential safety and security risks.

ggrimes

Hey there,

In my experience, the biggest risk of using Opal is the possibility of losing it or having it stolen. This happened to me once when I left my wallet on the train, and it was a real hassle to block the card and get a replacement. The process was also time-consuming, and I had to pay a fee to get a new Opal card.

Another issue is the unreliability of the Opal reader machines. Sometimes, they don't register the card properly, and you can end up being overcharged or not charged at all. This can be frustrating, especially if you're in a hurry and don't have time to double-check that the tap-on is successful.

To sum up, while Opal is a generally secure and hassle-free mode of transport, there are a few risks associated with it that you should be aware of. Losing your card, malfunctioning of the readers, and overcharging could disrupt your commute, so it's essential to be prepared and take precautions to avoid such issues.

jacobs.sienna

Hi there,

I have been using Opal for a while now and have not experienced any major safety concerns. However, I have heard some stories from friends who have had their wallets stolen, along with their Opal card. In such cases, it is important to report the theft and have the card blocked as soon as possible to avoid any misuse.

Another potential risk is forgetting to tap off, which could result in a higher fare being charged. It is always important to check that you have tapped on and off correctly and to keep an eye on your Opal balance.

Overall, I feel that Opal is a convenient and reliable mode of transport, with minimal risks if used responsibly.

jacobs.sienna

Hello,

In my experience, the main risk of using Opal is that the fares can add up quickly, especially if you're using public transport frequently. While Opal offers discounts for off-peak travel and caps the fares at a certain amount, the costs can still accumulate over time, and it's important to keep track of your expenses so you don't overspend.

Another issue that I've faced is finding a working Opal reader. Sometimes, the readers are broken, and you have to find another one to tap on or off. This can be inconvenient, especially if you're in a hurry and don't have time to search for a working machine.

Lastly, I would caution about the potential of Opal to become a privacy concern. The government can track your movements using the card, which could be problematic in certain situations. While there may be good reasons for this, it's still something to consider.

To conclude, while Opal is a convenient and reliable mode of transport, it's not without its risks. The fares can add up, finding working readers can be a hassle, and the government can track your movements. However, with proper planning and awareness, these risks can be minimized.

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