I did a search here on ATS and only found 1 thread about this topic, and it was from 2006. After seeing a new advertisement and checking it out, I
thought I'd share it with ATS so we all can be more aware of the current RFID blocking abilities we have at our fingertips.
Why is blocking RFID chip signals so important?
Now with the use of RFID chips in many things we use and own, such as credit cards and passports (and maybe your own hand!) we are
opening up doors for others to steal our identity. So it is a very valuable commodity to possess RFID blocking tools.
Here are some examples...
First a bit of a background about the RFID blocking secure sleeves for credit cards, ATM cards, debit cards, etc...
RFID and Skimming
The RFID chip in a credit card emits the account number, expiration data and other information.
About 100 million credit cards now have this contactless technology embedded into them. However, over the next 2-3 years, it is expected that credit
card issuers will replace every single magnetic stripe credit and debit card with a new contactless smartcard. Why shouldn't they? These cards seem
to make it all easier. So much easier that some folks are reading your credit cards before you even take them out of your wallet.
For only $4.99 you can buy one of these sleeves here
. This is
also the website I'm using to give you all the info in this thread.
We also have sleeves we can buy for passports which can be obtained
. Considering the information that is
being blocked using these sleeves, $5.99 for a passport sleeve is pretty damn good of a price in my eyes.
Then we have the RFID blocking technology for ID badges, very helpful for those who work in secured areas in office/military environments. You can
grab one of these secure badgeholders (different kinds are available) here
And a new item available, which I think is a good idea for us all to have, is the new RFID blocking secure wallet. These wallets are $30 and can
protect everything within the wallet, making it easy to secure multiple credit cards and the like. They can be purchased
Along with the information I provided within this thread, the website I've been using the link to these products also has a much broader explanation
on why these are good products to have, and also why it is necessary to do something to protect your identity.
to find out more information.
And for those of you who think you may have an RFID chip inserted within your head, well worry no more!
Gotta love Futurama and Fry's tin foil hat!
[edit on 28-12-2009 by highlyoriginal]