While RFID technology makes payments simple and easy, this modern technology can also be used to steal your personal information. We'll explain what RFID technology is, why it's dangerous, and how to protect your personal information.
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What is RFID?
RFID is short for Radio-Frequency Identification. This technology is used in credit and debit cards to complete wireless transmissions of information via radio waves. In today’s world, many cards use this technology, which means you may be vulnerable without even realizing it. These cards work by emitting a low-intensity signal that sends your information when it comes in contact with a reader. This technology is quick, convenient, and most people use it without a second thought.
How can RFID be used to steal your Information?
While RFID technology makes payments simple and easy, this modern technology can also be used to steal your personal information. RFID cards enable you to pay for items by simply tapping against a card reader; the chip in your credit or debit card emits radio waves that are then read with the scanner. However, this means anyone with a RFID scanner can get access to your information - even without you noticing it.
Thieves armed with small scanning devices can intercept the RFID signal on your card and transmit your personal information to their device. Getting close enough to steal your information is easy and often not very obvious, a thief just has to walk next to you on the sidewalk or stand next to you in line. Even if your card is in a regular wallet, purse, or pocket, the thief does not need direct contact with your card to steal your information. Because the process is so quick, and anyone can buy an RFID card, it’s extremely hard to notice someone is attempting this scam and stop them. The best way to keep yourself safe is to invest in an RFID protected wallet.
How does a RFID Protected Wallet Work?
RFID technology has become a part of our daily lives, but it’s still possible to protect your information. The easiest method is to simply block the signal so the transfer of data can never occur. RFID protected wallets feature a special lining that blocks the RFID signal so it never reaches your card. By investing in an RFID protected wallet, you ensure that every time you are not actively using your card, it’s stored in a protected place where no one can access your information.
In today’s age, a lot of wallets feature a protective RFID lining, but make sure you double check the product information to be sure! Many BeltOutlet wallets for men, women, and children include this technology to keep you safe.