RFID & ME – Why we all need RFID protection at any time


As we invent and innovate new technologies, privacy becomes more and more of a concern for the average individual. Identity theft, credit card protection and concealing sensitive information are only some of the problems we must combat nowadays. 

It’s obvious that we should not share our passwords or pass sensitive data through easily-accessible channels like text or email. However, did you know that your privacy can be breached without you ever knowing? Did you know that sensitive information can be stolen from your pockets without you ever touching your wallet

There is a way to safeguard against this, and it is by using RFID protected wallets. RFID blocking wallets stop thieves from stealing your valuable personal information.

What is RFID technology?

RFID refers to Radio-Frequency Identification, which is a wireless system that consists of two key components: tags and readers. 

First, the reader detects the presence of a RFID tag by emitting radio waves from antennas. Readers can be easily transported or attached to a specific location or object. Moreover, for more sophisticated operations, readers can be built into the frame of a building, a piece of furniture, or any type of stationary wall. 

Second, the tag responds to the waves emitted by the detectors and communicates key information, like ID or credit card number, to the reader. 

One can distinguish between a passive and active RFID tag by examining whether the reader powers the tag or not. Passive RFID tags (banking cards or passports) are powered by the reader’s battery, while active tags (mobile phone with NFC payment option)  have their own power supply.

What kind of information can be stored on a RFID tag

RFID tags can store various types of information, and they are only constrained by the storage capacity of the actual RFID tag. Some examples of the type of information they store include a serial numbers, passcodes, ID markers, and even pages of data on a given subject.

Where is RFID used?

RFID technology is used everywhere, from retail to banking, and across a variety of documents from identity cards to driving licenses. Most countries use RFID chips in passports, while several cities use the technology in public transport passes – London’s Oyster card is an example. In addition, many businesses use RFID building access cards. Almost all credit and debit cards now carry contactless technology, which is also referred to as ExpressPay (American Express), payWave (Visa), PayPass (MasterCard), and Zip (Discover).

How do I know if my cards feature contactless payment?

Most RFID enabled credit or debit cards will carry a wave-like symbol on the front or back of the card:

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What are the advantages of RFID technology?

A significant advantage of RFID devices over conventional bar codes or magnetic stripes is that the RFID device does not need to be positioned precisely relative to the scanner. While credit cards and ATM cards must be swiped through a special reader, RFID devices work within a few feet (up to 20 feet for high-frequency devices) of the scanner.

What are the dangers associated with RFID technology - why do I need to protect myself?

RFID enabled cards undoubtedly save time for consumers and organisations, but as they have become more common around the globe, significant security concerns have also emerged. Criminals can easily acquire equipment capable of accessing the data stored on your cards or passports from a long distance. Fraudsters can utilise this data to perform fraudulent credit card transactions, steal identities, or access secure buildings.

How can criminals steal my data?

RFID tags can be read from a distance, from a few inches to a few yards. This allows anyone with a portable RFID scanner to see the contents of your purse or pocket as you walk down the street. Thus, private data can be accessed by any RFID scanning devices that are freely available online. Since the tags can be read without being swiped or obviously scanned, anyone with an RFID tag reader can read the information of your credit cards and other RFID enabled cards without your knowledge. That way, fraudsters can utilise the stolen data to replicate credit cards, steal identities, or access secure buildings.

How can a RFID-blocking wallet protect my credit card information

RFID-blocking wallets are, by far, the best protection against skimmers. RFID-blocking wallets prevent scanners from picking up your credit card information by using a protective layer of metal fiber. 

This special protective layer blocks electromagnetic waves from ever reaching the RFID tags in your credit cards. This layer is made from a conductive material, which stops the scanner from being able to ever breach the wallet.

If you are looking for the best RFID-protected wallet, you must checkout Vaultskin

How can I protect my data in a reliable way thanks to Vaultskin?

Vaultskin offers you two different ways to protect yourself from data theft. You can either choose one of our high-quality minimalist RFID protected wallets and card holders. Our models CITY, MANHATTAN, CHELSEA, BELGRAVIA, NOTTING HILL and KENSINGTON always offer you 100% reliable RFID protection. The second option is to place the VAULTCARD into your current wallet. VAULTCARD's patented RFID protection technology is unique to contactless card safety devices.

In which way are VAULTSKIN wallets RIFD protected?

There are wallets, there are RFID protected wallets, and then there are Vaultskin wallets. You can rest assured that their superior design covers every aspect – quality, look, feel and most of all technology. Vaultskin’s standard- raising system of insulating the middle pocket with its exceptional RFID- blocking lining means that your money and personal data are safe inside. Digital pickpockets using scanners to steal contactless payments or ID information are prevented from penetrating the barrier – but then, our Vaultskin wallets are so small and streamlined, they probably won’t even see you’ve got a wallet at all.

All RFID enabled cards (13.56 MHz RFID / NFC standard) are completely protected.

Now it is up to you - which way is the best for you to protect your data? Check out our different products and feel free to contact us for more information on each at any time. Our team is happy to find the perfect RFID solution for you: info@vaultskin.com.

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