RFID THEFT AND HOW TO PREVENT IT

19/06/17

RFID THEFT AND HOW TO PREVENT IT

Mark Brigham (Marketing Director at Ellis Brigham) - "I was taken aback by how easily my card details were copied [in a test environment]. It really was an eye opener and with the technology to do this being widely available online, it’s quite concerning. I’ll always use RFID protection for my cards."

With the advent of contactless payment systems and personal data storage on various forms of ID, personal data theft is a growing concern for many. In this blog we take a look at what RFID theft is and how it can be prevented, especially in the context of travel security.


Passport

What is RFID?

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification and is commonly found in the form of a chip in our bank cards, passports and driving licenses, as well as other technologies. These chips contain personal information and allow us to use convenience technologies such as contactless payments.

What is RFID theft?

Thieves can use a hand-held RFID reader or even an app to “skim” or wirelessly download (in fairly close proximity) the personal information from your card. This information can then be written onto a new blank card and used almost straight away.

Visa Contactless

Where could I be vulnerable to RFID theft?

Quite often these types of thefts tend to occur in busy or crowded places such as bars, public transport and other busy spaces.

How can I protect myself from RFID theft?

The easiest way to protect yourself from RFID theft is to use a RFID blocking wallet, sleeve or bag. The material used in these products blocks any transmissions and keeps your data and personal information secure from any unwanted access.

What RFID blocking products do you sell?

We have a range of RFID blocking products designed to be non-obtrusive, functional and convenient to use. RFID theft is more commonplace than ever and these solutions will protect your data, so you can enjoy your travels worry-free.

We have picked out a selection of our favourites below:


Lifeventure RFiD Bi-Fold Wallet Lifeventure RFiD Bi-Fold Wallet

A durable bi-fold wallet with RFID protective card slots, ideal for daily use or travelling abroad.

Shop the Lifeventure RFiD Bi-Fold Wallet here

Lifeventure RFID Body Wallet Multi Pocket Lifeventure RFID Body Wallet Multi Pocket

This low-profile body wallet keeps your travel essentials safe from prying eyes and wandering hands and features RFID protective pockets, keeping your data safe.

Shop the Lifeventure RFID Body Wallet here

Pacsafe RFID sleeve 25 – 2 pack Pacsafe RFIDsleeve 25 – 2 pack

These lightweight RFID protective sleeves fit snuggly around your bank cards, letting you get on with your trip without having to worry about identity theft.

Shop the Pacsafe RFIDsleeve 25 – 2 pack here

Lifeventure RFID Phone Wallet Lifeventure RFID Phone Wallet

A soft fleeced-lined wallet perfect for keeping your phone safe. It also has a RFID protected internal pocket, ideal for keeping your bank cards secure.

Shop the Lifeventure RFID Phone Wallet here

Pacsafe Vibe 100  Pacsafe Vibe 100

The Pacsafe Vibe 100 is perfect for when you don’t feel like lugging a rucksack around all day. This 4 litre hip pack has built-in eXomesh Slashguard, an internal RFID protected pocket and many other security features, keeping your travel essentials safe and with you at all times.

Shop the Pacsafe Vibe 100 here

You can check out the rest of our RFID protected products here.

Posted by: Nick AJ Tagged as: Travel