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  • Editing Team 17:41 on December 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Zippo’s Stainless Steel Wallet Prevents RFID-using Criminals 

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    As is known, RFID technology uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to take data from a tag on an object or a card, which may be used by thieves from yards away.

    Therefore, concerns over the potential threats of RFID have grown as awareness about how many products contains RFID tags has increased. RFID tags can be found in medications, clothing, and other goods to track them throughout the manufacturing process.

    Zippo-stainless-steel-wallet-prevent-criminal-rfid-blog2Zippo has a solution. Its wallet is encased in stainless steel and can prevent RFID-using criminals from swiping your credit card information, just like a small safe in your pocket or purse.

    The new Zippo wallet’s stainless steel outer shell not only gives the wallet a sleek look, but also blocks RFID with its RF shield.

    It features six slots for credit cards, an I.D. window and money pocket.

    The wallet is priced at $49.95 and is available on Zippo.com.

     
  • Editing Team 16:46 on September 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Blokket Pocket Prevents RFID-chipped Devices from RFID Theft 

    Nowadays, as RFID chips are making their way into everything from handsets to passports, people are paying more attention to the security problem. So far, the only way to make sure you’re secure would be to block all wireless frequencies from reaching your IDs and gadgets. ThinkGeek’s solution is the Blokket, a small pouch which can hold mobile devices or RFID-chipped IDs while blocking them from receiving any incoming wireless signals.

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    The Blokket is made from nylon and silver and works like a mini Faraday cage, isolating whatever’s inside from outside connections. Sized at 8″ x 5.75″ (20 x 15 cm), the pouch is large enough to hold any cell phone and chipped credit cards, IDs, passports, etc. It is said that the fabric is able to block 99.7% of radio frequencies, thus making it out of the question to steal your data.

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    Yet the Blokket is probably more useful for RFID-chipped IDs than for cell phones, since most mobile devices can either be set to Airplane Mode or just switched off entirely. In addition, leaving a phone inside the pouch while it’s in active mode will probably drain the battery faster, since the phone will use extra energy searching for a signal.

    ThinkGeek is currently selling the Blokket Signal Blocking Phone Pocket for US$24.99.

     
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