Electronic pick-pocketing, identity theft, and payment fraud are appallingly on the rise. The good news is that you can now block personal information being sent by radio waves from your credit card, passport and other identification cards using Identity Stronghold RFID blocking products.
If itâ€™s an RFID credit card you are using, then it means you no longer have to slide the magnetic stripe of your credit card to a scanner when using it. Instead, you just have to wave your credit card or passport or license for that matter, in front of a nearby scanner. The concept of the Radio Frequency Identification or more commonly known as RFID is very simple. Once you wave your card to an electronic scanner, it will be activated once it sends a signal which is received by an antenna connected to the RFID chip embedded in your card. The RFID chip emits the account number, expiration data and other information.
For credit card issuers, this new contactless smartcard technology seems to make things a lot easier but the downside is that identity theft is also made easier. Instead of the identity thief getting his hands on your card, all he has to do is just to pass by you and with the use of a frequency reader he can get or read the information from your credit card even before you take it out from your wallet.
They can get the information to appear almost immediately on any computer screen without your knowledge. If you think that your US passport is safer because of the required password, then think again because there is now what you call electronic pick-pocketing wherein expert hackers are able to see all information on your passportâ€™s front page. The RFID credit card is used by most banks because it holds more data than magnetic strips and can be read quicker. But you are more at risk of identity theft so you need to learn how to protect yourself from this electronic theft. A friendly tip: Use protective sleeves or special badge holders to prevent a frequency reader from acquiring information from your cards.