Who doesn’t love technology, right? The technological innovations we have enjoyed over the last few decades can be described as memorable, mesmerising and unforgettable – that is, until it starts to work against us such as RFID scanning technology.
In case you are wondering, RFID is an abbreviation for radio-frequency identification – radio waves that can be used to capture information from the tag on an object, including driver’s licence, social security card, credit cards etc.
Many passports are now coming with the same embedded RFID chips as credit cards, and if there is an “unsuspecting individual” within range, he/she can easily capture highly sensitive information from the cards snugly tucked away in your leather wallet.
Credit card numbers are some of the most sacred pieces of information one might have access to. However, all it takes is one mistake, and the person standing next to you might have access to highly sensitive information within seconds.
Most people today carry RFID-ready credit cards with them – after all, convenience and ease-of-use does not get better than making a payment simply by touching the card up against a scanner. Now, imagine if you lose your attention for just a second or two, while an individual with malicious intent stands next to you, pretends to look busy, and scans the content of your wallet without you ever noticing.
Simply put, this really is a concern worth paying attention to. So the question is how do you protect yourself?
It has been just over a decade since RFID chips starting popping up left and right. For instance, passports have embedded chips that allow for scanning your photo and other relevant information. Apart from the common credit card application, even dogs are implanted with these chips for tracking purposes. We are surrounded by them.
It pays to understand a little background on RFID chips – they work through radio waves. As long as somebody has a scanner that can pick up these radio waves, all they need to do is stand (or sit) within proximity, and they can access sensitive information right off your wallet.
Lucky for us, the radio waves emitted by RFID chips can be easily blocked; a leather wallet with RFID-blocking capability encases your credit cards and other cards with sensitive data by introducing a protective material which disrupts radio waves. A well-constructed wallet that uses high-quality premium leather materials will effectively block all radio waves and prevent communication between an RFID chip and scanner.
Leather Bifold Zip Wallets With RFID Protection by Harber London boast a super-slim leather bi-fold material that comes ready with RFID blocking protection. Keep all your credit cards and ID cards safe from skimming.
Handcrafted using the finest Full Grain Vegetable Tanned Leather from Spain, the Harber London slim design leather wallet can easily fit 4-8 cards in the front pockets, along with hidden compartments inside to it comfortably tucked away in your clothes.
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