Get the 4-1-1 on RFID

Many credit cards, drivers licenses, and all U.S. passports issued since 2006 are equipped with small electronic chips called RFID or Radio Frequency Identification chips. These chips store and transmit your personal information over radio frequencies. RFID chips hold all of the data printed in your passport (including your name, birth date, address and physical descriptors) as well as the data for an electronic image of your passport photo. Credit card RFID chips store your name, address, account number and card expiration date.

It goes without saying that this sensitive data needs to be protected. Unfortunately without proper safeguards this information can be fairly easily accessed. Anyone with a handheld RFID reader has the potential to “skim” that data even though it is “safe” inside your purse or wallet.

Here is the good news. PIN and CCV code data is not stored on the RFID chip and the data that is stored on both passport and credit card chips is encrypted. The bad news is that the bad guys work hard to stay ahead of the game and in some cases have already found ways around these encryption techniques.

Fortunately an increasing number of travel gear manufacturers have begun introducing RFID-blocking technology into everything from simple credit card sleeves to men’s and women’s wallets and passport covers, money belts, neck pouches and more.

Best of all, the technique is quite simple, effective and inexpensive. Most RFID-blocking comes in the form of a super-thin and very pliable layer of metal built right into a wallet, passport cover or any other organizer designed to hold an item with an RFID chip. Because it doesn’t take much to provide protection, a wallet or passport cover with RFID protection won’t feel any different than one without it.

RFID protection is easy and inexpensive. It not only protects your valuable information, it also provides peace of mind.

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