RFID(Radio Frequency Identification) systems has helped us moved faster, smarter and more efficiently in our everyday lives. If you have recently learned how RFID works, the concern of how this great wireless transmission system can be used to steal your financial credentials can strike a nerve. Questions sprout like "Do I need a RFID wallet?"
Where can I buy a wallet with RFID protection?
Credit cards have been around since the 1950s. Although, it was not until the boom of the internet that we were able to go from a manual credit card imprinter to milli-second transactions. Modern day banking has came a long way in the past twenty-five years.
This has made it easier for thieves to compromise your information using handheld RFID scanners. The first task in choosing a RFID wallet is determining which of your cards are at risk.
RFID cards are commonly referred to as “smart cards” because you do not have to swipe them to use them. All you do is brush them up next to a credit card reader, and it processes your payment request. If every card in your wallet has a RFID chip it would be a good idea to choose a wallet with high RFID protection. If you do not use a card with a RFID chip to be stolen there is no need for the additional protection on your wallet.
What to look for when buying an RFID wallet?
You've determined you'll need to buy a wallet to protect your smart cards, what should you consider? What the wallet is made and how it is constructed will determine the protection level. Each company advertising RFID wallets should back that statement with a RFID Protection Test Results (see below). Without the company testing each product you could purchase a "RFID Wallet" that provides no to limited protection. Steel and aluminum plating provides far better protection than leather. The leather does help to add another protective barrier, just as having your hand on your wallet would. However, shielded metallic sleeves, like our Armor Plate, will offer the best RFID-protection.
-Find out if you have "smart cards" that need RFID protection
-Materials determine protection level, aluminum and steel plates are best
-Research company's RFID protection test before purchasing
Brian Zig - Trayvax Content Creator
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