A Guide to RFID Wallets

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By Spencer Norman July 29, 2014


Are You RFID-ing Me?


Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, is considered the technology of the future and is used in a wide variety of applications. Companies like Wal-Mart use it to track their products as they go through the supply chain. RFID is also embedded in your passports and they make shopping with a credit card a breeze. But this also allows a thief to steal your identity in a matter of seconds.


If your credit card has a PayPass Symbol on it, that means it has an RFID chip embedded in it. This isn’t a bad thing; in fact, it can be pretty handy. The PayPass system makes check out a breeze, but it also leaves you vulnerable to identity theft. When some people hear this, they immediately ditch their credit card for a new RFID-free card. But you can prevent a thief from ever stealing your information if you just take a few precautions.


There are a couple of ways to protect your cards. If you are more of a DIY type of person then you can wrap your Credit Cards in foil to protect them from scanners. Alternatively, you can ditch your wallet in favor of an Altoid Can (but make sure you don’t accidently throw it away). Not everyone is a McGyver though, the rest of us still may opt for a regular old wallet.


Some people elect to purchase metallic wallets to keep their identity safe. While this gets the job done, not everyone is enamored with the look of a bulky metal wallet. Luckily, there are now a wide variety of regular wallets that carry RFID blocking technology. Whether you are looking for leather or fabric, trifold or bifold, or just plain comfort, there is an RFID blocking wallet out there for you. Most of the famous brands, such as Lodis and Royce Leather, are even beginning to make their wallets with RFID-blockers.


Even a brand like Wurkin Stiffs have started to produce RFID Wallets. Traditionally known for their metallic collar stays, Wurkin Stiffs have taken their high quality tradition and incorporated it into this RFID Credit Card Protection Bifold Leather Wallet.



If you have developed a special bond with your wallet then don’t worry, you don’t have to get rid of it to protect yourself. There are special RFID blocking inserts that fit perfectly in card slots that will protect your cards. Rogue has crafted this RFID Blocking Wallet Guard Insert that fits nicely in any wallet.


RFID Card Sleeve

 

RFID is a neat technology that is on the rise in the marketplace, and soon it will be available in more places. There are endless possibilities for RFID technology, but just don’t let a few bad apples ruin your experience.


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