RFID Blocking Bags
If you travel often and have been in crowded areas, you understand the feeling of wanting to keep your belongings safe. I often travel alone and am always looking for ways to myself and my personal information safe. One key way that can help keep your identity free from theft is by using RFID blocking wallets and bags.
What is RFID? RFID stands for Radio Frequency IDentification
It’s a technology that use radio waves to automatically identify people or objects. There are several methods of identification, but the most common is to store a serial number that identifies a person or object, and perhaps other information, on a microchip that is attached to an antenna (the chip and the antenna together are called an RFID transponder or an RFID tag). The antenna enables the chip to transmit the identification information to a reader. The reader converts the radio waves reflected back from the RFID tag into digital information that can then be passed on to computers that can make use of it.
Why is it important to me?
There is a growing concern that credit cards, passports, and driver’s licenses now come with these embedded radio frequency identification chips. While these chips make it very convenient to make a purchase without swiping your card when shopping, or scanning your passport at the airport, there is also a risk to your personal data included on those cards. Hackers can access your credit card data wirelessly from a reader from a distance. When activated by an RFID reader, these chips can transmit certain types of information wirelessly, putting your information at risk. If you see a symbol of radio waves on your credit card, it is likely RFID is enabled.
How can I protect my personal information?
By using RFID blocking designed wallets and bags, you can limit the threat of this data swiping, called RFID skimming. RFID skimming can happen from a person with a RFID reader even at a distance of several feet. While this isn’t a regular occurrence in the U.S. as of today, the percentage of these cards in other countries, (and opportunity for skimming) is much higher. And there is a growing concern from individuals this year as data security breaches becomes more common.
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