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  • Editing Team 16:53 on August 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Protecting Your RFID-equipped Credit Card 

    credit-card-security-rfid-blogSome latest estimates show that in recent years, over 1 billion credit cards and IDs have been released with an RFID chip.

    You may have already heard about the new payment form from many large retailers. With this technology, you just need to wave your credit card at the counter in close proximity to a payment station and the payment processor will automatically read your credit card information. It simplifies and speeds up payments when you make purchases.

    However, since you do not have to enter any form of authorization to make the payment, a third party may also exploit the signal from your credit cards. Although they need to get real close to the location of the credit card, usually within 2-4 inches, that’s not a problem if you are standing in line or in crowded places. Thus, security becomes a major concern.

    Find out if your credit card has an RFID chip

    To find out whether a credit card has an RFID chip, you can observe your card and find out whether it has a radial symbol (see the image). If it does, then the card supports RFID. Also, if the card says PayPass, payWave or Blink, it also has RFID capabilities.

    Protect your credit card from leaking information

    If you do not use the new payment options at all, you can ask your bank for a credit card without RFID chip. Although costs may be involved, it is the best way to make sure no one else is able to read your cards data.

    If else, you can buy protective sleeves, like an Aluminum wallet, for your cards and IDs that block the signal from being picked up, or use Tinfoil as a low cost alternative for that.

    Or you could alternatively try and remove the RFID chip from the card, with a hammer perhaps… Well, just kidding. But this passage is just a caution for you, for only very few people notice that there could be an RFID chip on the credit cards.

     
  • Editing Team 11:29 on July 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Aluminum Wallet That Protects Against RFID Theft 

    aluminum-wallet-protect-theft-rfid-blogThere’s a new product which has just been launched on Amazon that seeks to combat the radio-frequency identification theft trend. Thieves can steal a person’s credit card information by electronically picking their pockets — a practice called RFID theft.

    It’s an aluminum wallet called Aluma Wallet XL – Incredible Aluminum Wallet, by the “As Seen on TV” people, a product designed to not only prevent bulking and bulging wallets, but to also address the electronic identity theft protection concerns that are alive today.

    As consumers learn about this techie-type of theft, searches for ways to protect themselves rise. And it’s no wonder Google’s Adwords’ keyword tool reports nearly 50,000 people worldwide searching for “Aluma Wallet” and for more detailed information about the other type of RFID-blocking gear.

    According to Google, more than 33,000 people per month type “aluminum wallet” into the search engine, with 1,600 more seeking reviews of the Aluma wallet specifically. Some users get more specific, with nearly 10,000 per month searching for “RFID wallet” — and nearly another 10,000 per month looking for RFID blocking and RFID-blocking wallets. What’s even more curious are the nearly 15,000 people per month searching for RFID readers, making people wonder if those folks are looking for a new line of work.

     
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