RFID, or radio-frequency identification, is a technology that uses electromagnetic fields to pass along embedded information from a chip to an RFID reader. The RFID chip itself can relay information anywhere from short distances up to hundreds of meters away. These chips can be found in credit cards, electronic door keys, passports and even your driver’s license. While the technology is strong and extremely useful, it’s not 100% secure. This means that thieves can easily target your unprotected RFID-enabled cards and steal your information without you ever knowing through a process known as skimming.
What is RFID Skimming?
RFID skimming is a process thieves and/or hackers use to “skim” personal data from the cards in your pocket or wallet. Any cards you carry that contain an RFID chip can leave your personal data open to would-be thieves should they have the right tools. The skimming process involves a thief using an inexpensive electronic tool known as a skimmer to swipe your personal information without your knowledge. The RFID chips in your cards are always at the ready, so a thief simply needs to be close enough to your cards -- and thus your personal data -- to skim your information in seconds.
When your cards are exposed -- simply in your purse or pocket in a standard unprotected wallet -- they’re completely open to skimming. There’s nothing at all standing between your personal data and a skimmer. That’s where an RFID wallet comes in to save the day.
What is an RFID Wallet?
An RFID wallet is a special type of wallet that is customized to protect against just such an attack. The aluminum wallet features RFID scanner protection, meaning no matter how hard they try, thieves won’t be able to skim your data while your cards are secured safely inside. Rather than being exposed to the elements and open to hacking, the RFID wallet blocks any signals from scanning tools so you can rest assured that all of your personal data is safe and sound.
Do you need an RFID wallet?
While older RFID chips would be more open to transmitting sensitive data, newer chips now send one-time data for a transaction, meaning that in most cases, thieves would be able to use your credit card once and that would be it. Is the threat still there? Absolutely. Without anything blocking RFID signals you’re prone to hacking and data loss. With an RFID wallet, you completely eliminate these concerns, keeping your personal data -- and yourself -- totally secure.
An RFID wallet isn’t just for keeping your information safe though. The stylish wallets -- like our Sharkk waterproof RFID wallet - is also sturdy, stylish and super convenient.
What are my options?
Thankfully Sharkk has a few options when it comes to RFID wallets.
The basic Sharkk Aluminum Waterproof RFID Wallet is completely waterproof and holds up to 7 cards. The sturdy aluminum shell features a snap closure that keeps things locked up tight, keeping everything inside safe and secure. There’s even some room so you can tuck in some folded bills or loose change.
If you like to have a bit more cash on-hand, Sharkk also offers the Sharkk RFID Protected Wallet with Cash Band. While your cards can stay tucked safely away inside, you can stash your cash right on the wallet so it’s always at the ready when you need it. You’ll get RFID blocking where you need it without having to waste time opening the wallet when you want to drop a few bills.
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