As you wander through the mall and browse at the windows of retailers, or stand in line for a cup of coffee, have you ever wondered about the safety of your personal information? The chances are that it’s the furthest thing from your mind as you smell the fresh aroma of roasted espresso beans.
The stark reality of the world we live in is that criminal threats lie around every corner, especially where you least expect them. Criminals take the opportunity when your guard is down and use it to strike against you.
Modern technology has enabled criminals to steal from you without even touching you. RFID technology has made it possible to take all of your personal data without you ever suspecting a thing.
What is RFID Technology?
RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) technology was developed in the sixties and gradually refined over a period of thirty years. A RFID chip is a silicon chip coupled to a transmitter. The chip is able to send and receive information. Therefore RFID chips can be encoded with information that is then read by RFID scanners.
Where is RFID Used?
RFID technology has many uses in modern society. The first commercial success for RFID came in the pet market where chips were encoded with the pet owner’s information. This helps vets and owners track list animals and now almost every pet is chipped by their vet.
Over the last two decades, RFID has been used in a multitude of different applications including;
- Logistics – Tracking of stock, deliveries, and movements.
- Access Control – Chips are encoded with access data and then worn as bracelets or lanyards by employees to allow access to restricted areas.
- Military Applications – Chips encoded with vital statistics and medical information are embedded into soldiers for faster treatment if a soldier is unconscious.
- Passports – Chips are embedded into passports and encoded with your biographical data for inspection by customs and immigration officials.
- Bank Cards – RFID chips are embedded into cards containing your account information.
The Issue with RFID
The real issue with RFID tech comes in the form of limiting the access to the data contained in the chips. RFID chips can be read by any RFID scanner in the near vicinity of the chip. This presents a problem, especially when it comes to the information contained in your bank cards and your passport.
Criminals and RFID
Criminals have caught onto the venerability in RFID security and many fraudsters have access to compact, portable RFID readers at their disposal. All they need to do to capture the sensitive information found on the RFID chips in your passport and bank cards is simply stand next to you in a line.
This technique is so subtle that you will be completely unaware of the threat when it arises. Therefore, it’s better to be prepared beforehand. As the old adage says, ‘an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure.’
Protecting Your Personal Information
There is a way to keep yourself protected from these sort of scams. Using a RFID wallet, such as the model available at IBriCraft will ensure that you never fall victim to a criminal’s plans to steal your personal data.
A RFID wallet blocks the frequency of RFID scanners and does not allow them to read the data contained in your bank cards and passport. The wallet contains a sheath of aluminum manufactured into the lining that blocks the scanner.
Stay Ahead of the Game
There is no reason for you to become a victim. Take a prudent, practical, and proactive approach to the security of your personal data. Select the RFID wallet that suits your personal style and relax with peace of mind the next time you are out shopping.