RFID Women's & Men's Wallets
Is the Person Standing Behind You in Line Stealing Your Info?
While you are waiting in line at a store, your credit card information can be stolen out of thin air. Thieves can electronically pickpocket you without you ever knowing. What makes this possible is RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, which is embedded in millions of credit, debit and other ID cards. Fortunately, there are products called RFID men's wallets and women's wallets than you can use to help protect your credit or debit cards from being remotely read. But more on that later.
RFID technology has been around for a long time. Some credit cards, passports, and even driver’s licenses come with embedded radio frequency identification chips. These chips transmit certain types of information wirelessly, so that you can make a purchase or identify yourself without swiping your card. However anyone with an RFID reader can activate the identification chips and pick up the information they transmit. Identity thieves can do this from as far as several feet away from you, without you even knowing. No need to get inside your pocket or purse, they just get close to you and electronically pick pocket your information. Any crowded area is fair game for these thieves. Once the thief has captured your RFID data, which could include your name, credit card number, expiration date, security code and any other personal information associated with your credit card, the thief can easily upload it to a computer and use it, make a fake card, or share it with the world.
What items have RFID technology chips? Here's a list:
- New Debit and Credit Cards
- Transit Cards
- Hotel Keys
- New ID and Access Cards
- US Government Employee ID Cards
- Military CAC Cards
- TWIC Cards
How can you protect these items from having the data stolen?
An RFID wallet or a RFID money clip is designed to help insulate you from an electronic pickpocketing technique called RFID skimming. RFID-blocking wallets not only keep your credit cards and money organized, but they keep your personal information safe from high-tech thieves. RFID blocking wallets are designed to shield your cards' RFID signals, making them harder to read by an electronic pickpocket thief. if keeping your cards and personal information secure is important to you then the extra peace of mind an RFID wallet provides will be worth it. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Other Safe Measures to Take
If you do not want to replace your non-RFID blocking wallet there are alternatives in protecting your RFID-equipped items. One is a RFID wallet insert. This is a type of sleeve that you can put your credit cards in to protect them from RFID skimming. You can carry it in your old women's or men's wallet essentially making it a RFID wallet.
Other steps to take include keeping your credit cards in a secure place at home when possible and always monitor your credit card and bank account statements for fraudulent charges. You can carry your wallet in your front pocket so you can see someone coming from the front then behind.