Why Do You Need an RFID Blocking Wallet?

Why Do You Need an RFID Blocking Wallet?

If you search the internet, you will find a lot of conflicting information on whether or not an RFID blocking wallet is necessary.  Most of the information is produced by well-meaning people who have no experience in cybersecurity or electronics.  What's the truth?  We'll tell you!

First, why listen to us?

That's easy.  We have master's degrees in electrical engineering.  We are professors at two different universities.  We have spent most of our lives working in cybersecurity, and we are certified ethical hackers.  I'd say our experience and training is more than the average person on youtube!

So...Is an RFID blocking wallet necessary?

Is it "Necessary?"  No. Is it Useful and Helpful? Absolutely!  There is a reason that the U.S. government spends the time and money to send their passport ID's to you in RFID shielded containers and recommends that you keep them in those containers.  Data from ID's and credit cards CAN be read wirelessly by hackers.  Will you be targeted by a criminal reading your credit card?  Who knows?  In fact, you will never know until your card is already breached. 

Having an RFID shielded wallet or purse is just one aspect of keeping your privacy and personal information intact and secure.  

Criminals are determined to get your information since it’s the essential “ingredient” for fraud & identity theft. An RFID-blocking wallet acts as a barrier between your credit card and a reader with inserted metals that interfere with the radio waves being emitted by the device.

Other things you can do to keep your information secure?

Once you have your IronClad Family RFID-protected wallet, your cards are protected from scanning, but there are some additional steps that you can take to protect your identity and money.

 Switch From Back Pocket to Front Pocket. 

You're more likely to see someone trying to scan your cards (or pickpocket them) from the front.

Know your Credit Card Company Phone Numbers

Add the customer service / fraud report numbers to your contact list, if you see suspicious activity, let your provider know sooner rather than later.

Inform Your Card Company of Travel Dates

By letting them know that you're going to be out of town, you're less likely to get your cards accidentally frozen.

Shop Securely Online

Try to shop through trusted retailers and always look for the little lock symbol in the address bar before entering your credit card information online.

 

 

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