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What Are RFID-Blocking Wallets & Which Should You Buy?

Posted by Shaun Parker on
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Why Use An RFID-Blocking Wallet?

As it stands right now, most credit cards and debit cards issued have RFID technology embedded in them. New ID cards launched in South Africa have RFID chips that track your data and photo. RFID chips are a convenient way to store and read data – instead of having to swipe your card through a reader, you can simply wave your card in front of an RFID scanner without even taking it out of your wallet. It’s convenience at its best.

Unfortunately, the danger is that someone could build a counterfeit reader – which wouldn’t be too difficult for anyone who has experience in that field – and pick up your RFID information against your will. It’s similar to one of the risks in an NFC device, which requires a close-up “bump” to trigger a transaction. Counterfeit card readers existed before RFID, but they require you to physically swipe your card through a slot; counterfeit RFID readers can pull or delete data without so much as you walking by.

Affordable, Stylish, RFID-Blocking Wallet

When it comes to affordable and stylish RFID-Blocking Wallet, the Bi-Fold Leather Wallet on Zasttra.com is one that fits the sleeker side of the stylish spectrum. It’s the only wallet we’ve found that has a pleasant coffee color while actually being effective at blocking RFID signals. It is a potential choice for those who want to make a statement. A big, loud statement at that. At R299, it is definitely a steal.

Bottom Line

RFID-blocking wallets will increase the security of your RFID-embedded cards, but they aren’t foolproof solutions. The best way to stay protected against rogue RFID scanners is to minimize your reliance on RFID-enabled tools; abstinence really is the only guaranteed protection. But if you can’t find a way around it, then you can safeguard your cards with the wallet above.

Do you use an RFID-blocking wallet? If so, which one? If not, why not? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

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