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What is RFID, and how do I protect myself from RFID thieves?

What is RFID, and how do I protect myself from RFID thieves?

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RFID is an acronym for “radio-frequency identification” and refers to a technology where digital data encoded in RFID tags or smart labels are captured by a reader via radio waves. RFID is similar to barcoding in that data from a tag or label are captured by a device that stores the data in a database. RFID tag data can be read outside the line-of-sight, whereas barcodes must be aligned with an optical scanner. In the case of the credit cards and driver’s licences sitting around your wallet, these contain electronically stored information that RFID readers lift wirelessly.

Criminals can take advantage of this new technology by using a scanner that wirelessly scans the victim's payment card in the same way that a cash register scans it, when making a contactless payment. These scanners are legal and can be bought in regular electronic stores. There are even videos found online teaching the basics of RFID hacking. Even mobile phones that have NFC reading capacity can be set-up to unlawfully scan contactless payments.

The best way to prevent RFID theft is to purchase the Alpha Blanc wallet, where the outer shell has been equipped with RFID blocking technology to protect your identity and money from these RFID thieves from skimming your information. Another alternative would be wrapping your cards in aluminium foil, if you wouldn’t mind the hassle of unwrapping the cards when you need to use them. It would also make your wallet bulkier and not to mention the eyesore the wrapped cards would look like. 

Don’t wait until it’s too late to protect your information. Purchasing the Alpha Blanc wallet will keep your information safe, whilst looking sleek, slim and polished. Its design is so top-notched that we are offering a lifetime warranty for the wallet. You don’t have to worry about having to always replace your wallet, because we stand by our promise that the Blanc Wallet is the only wallet you’ll ever need.

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