by Gerald Craft April 26, 2018 2 min read

The TrayvaxArmored Summit is one of the best-selling RFID-blocking wallets on the market. As a matter of fact, an RFID-skimming thief would need to be less than one inch from the Armored Summit in order to steal your information. But what is an RFID-blocking wallet and are they really necessary?

rfid blocking wallet from Trayvax

What is RFID?

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification Card. These are cards (credit cards, IDs, passports, entrance key cards, etc.) that store your personal information via a chip or tag. There is typically a built-in antenna that transmits this information to an RFID reader. The idea is that you brush the card against the RFID reader so that it can quickly process your information.

For instance, “smart cards” are RFID credit cards that allow you to process a payment without having to swipe your card. Simply place the card near an RFID reader and the reader will be able to quickly process your payment. The downside is that anyone with an RFID reader can easily compromise your information.

Are RFID Blocking Wallets Effective?

RFID technology makes it fairly easy for someone with a handheld reader to steal your card information. Shielded metallic sleeves or fabrics offer the bestRFID-protection. In order for an RFID wallet to be effective, it needs to incorporate some type of metallic protection.

It is also important to note the degree of protection offered. A high-powered RFID reader can pick up an unobstructed RFID signal from several feet away. While some wallets may diminish that signal to 4-5 inches, others, like the Armored Summit Bundle, offer protection from less than inch away.

Do I Need an RFID-Blocking Wallet?

You may ask yourself, “Do I need an RFID-blocking wallet?” The answer, “It depends on what you’re trying to protect.” Not all credit cards have RFID. As a matter of fact, most do not. If you are unsure, we recommend contacting your bank, but common RFID credit cards include names like PayPass, Blink, PayWave and Express Pay.

If you have an entrance key card to your apartment, home, or business or if you have a high-security job with an entrance key card, it would be important to protect that information. Passports and some state-issued IDs also store personal information via RFID, and most State’s provide asecurity sleeve to protect the RFID tag from being activated when you are not at a border crossing station.

All that being said, it certainly makes sense to protect your personal information with an RFID-blocking wallet like the Armored Summit by Trayvax.


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Blog

5 Things to Buy for 10 Days Inside

by Brian Zig April 03, 2020 3 min read

Our world is changing quickly as we scramble to fill our pantry with good food and enough board games to pass this time spent indoors. We want to focus on a few items to buy, things to consider and potential projects to take on in order for this time spent inside to be as pleasurable as possible.  Surviving hard times  can be a struggle but also a grand opportunity to expand upon your long list of skills.
Read More
How To Make Outdoor Gear Last Forever?

by Brian Zig March 27, 2020 3 min read

Have you ever had a piece of outdoor gear that you were relying on unexpectedly break apart on you? A few bad words later, your thoughts begin to scramble on ways to fix it & what you have on you to repair it on site to keep you pushing forward. After all the climax is right around the corner and you probably pride yourself in being self reliant in the outdoors.
Read More
Surviving Hard Times

by Brian Zig March 20, 2020 3 min read

Creating a healthy routine requires follow through on good habits. Pick some new task you want to complete, a skill you want to learn or a goal you want to obtain today, then do it day after day. 
Read More