It has happened twice now, that a relative has used a credit card while out and about to learn later that unauthorized charges were made. Makes you wonder how that can be possible and that brings me to today's topic about RFID and protecting your Identity.
I should probably first explain what RFID stands for. How does an RFID system work?
Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) is the use of radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object. A tag can be read from up to several feet away and does not need to be within direct line-of-sight of the reader to be tracked.
RFID are used in cards that open electronic locks, cards that let you drive through a toll booth without stopping, the remote that opens your car door, workplace ID that unlocks the office door, and even passports. Credit cards are now becoming more equipped with these chips.
The problem with this technology is that thieves have figured out a way how they can scan your information without ever having to touch the item that has the RFID embedded in it. RFID technology makes it fairly easy for someone with a handheld reader to brush up next to you and steal your card information, without you ever noticing what is happening.
So how can you protect yourselves from such thefts?
1. Tyvek sleeves: Tyvek credit card sleeves are inexpensive, and they have the ability to block RFID signals.
2. RFID wallets: RFID wallets will protect the cards you own from hackers passing by. All you have to do is put your money and cards in your wallet, and the material on the outside of the wallet will do the rest.
I received this great RFID wallet by Leopardd in exchange for my honest opinion and wanted to share with you why I like it. The leather wallet is made with a very soft, smooth, embossed Pebble Leather. There are twelve separate slots that can be used to store credit cards. I actually only used the eight slots in the center and still had enough room to place my car key in the wallet as well. The two zippers are very hardy and the loop could technically be used to attach the wallet to the inside of your bag, if the latter is equipped with a hook. I ordered the red wallet, but you can also get it in orange, fuchsia, light and dark blue and black. I also like that the wallet is not too large. The size is about 4.7 x 3.8 x 1.4 inches, which is ideal for when you are traveling and need something compact to carry your important cards and cash around. But best of all, the wallet is lined with a material that protects your RFID information from being lifted. So would I recommend the wallet? Absolutely I think it is notably wonderful!RFID Blocking Leather Wallet for Women, Latest Credit Card Safe RFID Block Security Travel Wallets/Holder/Case/Protector for Ladies $12.99 Leopardd
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The company lists the following information about the wallet.
- Safe and Effective -- Customer Tested and Recommended, Protect Your Identity Data - Block RFID Readers from Scanning Your Credit cards, Debit cards, Banking Information, Smartcards, RFID driver's licenses and other RFID Cards
- Start to Relax Again--Use them every day to Shield against unauthorized RFID NFC and BLE scans as reported in the media -- Use them if you spend time vacation or live overseas -- Protect yourself from strangers in public places -- Stay focused on having a good time -- Great while using public transport or just in public places
- Stop the Crooks Before You are Compromised -- Avoid the problems of establishing your credit and identity -- Protect against the risks of Identity Theft -- An added layer of protection against electronic pickpocketing criminals -- Inexpensive insurance against a world of trouble
- Genuine Leather -- Protects all magnetic stripes and EMV chips from wear and tear. Made with the Finest Grade Soft, Smooth Embossed Pebble Leather
- 12 RFID LOCK Credit Card Slots, Each can fit 2 or more cards, Big currency pocket. Convenient feature for those who travel. 10 Year Warranty!