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.
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.
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
A durable bi-fold wallet with RFID protective card slots, ideal for daily use or travelling abroad.
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.
Pacsafe RFID sleeve 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.
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.
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.
You can check out the rest of our RFID protected products here.