RFID or “radio frequency identification” is a type of technology that enables information to be transmitted through the air. This means that items that have been implanted with RFID chips, such as credit cards and passports, can be scanned using radio waves. Hence, someone could steal your data as long as they’re standing close enough.
What is RFID skimming?
RFID skimming is a method used by criminals to “steal” someone’s credit card information. By simply using a scanner, criminals can wirelessly obtain your information. For instance, if you’re standing in a crowd, someone could scan your credit card information through your pocket -- even when it’s inside a bulky bi-fold wallet for men. Fortunately, RFID skimming can be avoided as long as you have an RFID-blocking wallet.
What is an RFID-blocking wallet?
Thieves won’t stand a chance against an RFID-blocking card case or wallet, a wallet made of carbon fiber or metal. This material blocks electromagnetic fields (or radio waves), shielding your credit cards so that no one can steal your data.
Do you need an RFID-blocking wallet?
Yes, but only if your credit card has an RFID chip. To check if your credit card has RFID, check the front of the card for radio waves. It is similar to the symbol that you see on your phone or laptop when you’re connected to WiFi.
The bottom line
Ultimately, it’s unlikely that your credit card information will be stolen wirelessly, but the risk still exists. If you want peace of mind, consider purchasing an RFID-blocking wallet like the Trayvax Explorer Passport Wallet. This will protect you from personal data theft especially if you’re constantly traveling.