Why You Need RFID Protection Accessories

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If you are wondering about what RFID protection accessories are and whether you need them, most probably you are overwhelmed by the amount of information available on the internet, which can be hard to digest too. But don’t stress – we’re here to help!

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What is RFID?

RFID stands for Radio-Frequency Identification – small electronic devices that consist of a microchip and an antenna. This technology has been around for a long time and now it has made its way into a variety of items including credit cards, driver’s licenses and passports. RFID chips transmit information wirelessly to compatible readers to perform functions like confirming the person’s identity or paying for a purchase.

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The threat of RFID technology

With convenience, however, comes risk such as invasion of privacy, card-skimming and identity theft, to name a few. The information stored on RFID-equipped items can be scanned from several feet away, without the need for a direct line-of-sight to the reader. Hence, without RFID protection anyone with RFID readers can potentially activate the RFID chips embedded in your personal items and extract sensitive information from them. This is a new brand of electronic pickpocketing known as ‘RFID skimming’. In the worst of cases, RFID skimmers may collect whole credit card numbers from the pockets of passersby without them knowing.

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What is RFID blocking?

One way you can protect yourself from RFID skimming is through the use of RFID blocking wallets and accessories. How does it work? A special material is built into the wallet or accessory which blocks any RFID readers from reading information held on cards within the wallet. Essentially, it provides a barrier between your cards and any potential scanners.

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Do I need RFID blocking?

Yes, you need RFID blocking items for protection against RFID skimming. Another criteria you should take into account when choosing a wallet or travel accessories is it’s usage. Consider whether you will be using them in your travels or in urban environments, and the things you intend to carry.

When travelling you might want to carry your passport and cards in an RFID blocking organiser like our RFIDsafe TEC passport wallet. If you’re worried about RFID skimming but do not want to replace your wallet, consider buying a Pacsafe bag that includes an RFIDsafe pocket which will protect your current wallet. Alternatively, the Pacsafe RFIDsleeve™ 25 RFID-blocking credit card sleeve is another simple solution.

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