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Do You Need An RFID Blocking Wallet In UK While On Vacation

Last year 40 million people around the world visited the UK!  These people spent nearly $32 billion while on their vacation.  This is great news for the United Kingdom’s economy and a great way for criminals to make a living.

These days, RFID chips are present in all sorts of items, such as credit cards, library books, grocery goods, security tags, implanted pet details, implanted medical records, passports and more.  The amount of information which could be learned about you from your RFID chips is quite a lot!   You never know what those information thieves are planning on doing with your information, either. So, it’s best to understand the risks of RFID hacking and limit your exposure to harm. Let’s examine if you need an RFID blocking wallet in UK.

What Is RFID

RFID stands for Radio-Frequency Identification and it is the use of radio waves to read, capture, and interact with information stored on a tag. Tags are usually attached to objects, and can be read from several feet away. Furthermore, the tag doesn’t always have to be in the direct line-of-sight to initiate interaction.

An RFID tag is an easy way to assign a unique identity to an object. Additionally, they do not need an internal power source, while a tag can be as small as a grain of black pepper. Meaning they are easily embedded almost anywhere — hence their popularity.

Am I At Risk

RFID chips work by using radio waves to communicate. Your credit card, contains an RFID tag with information, and an RFID reader uses radio waves to read the information off that tag.  It’s not just in credit cards that you need to be concerned about, all US passports issued after 2006 have RFID chips that track your photo and information too.  So if you are traveling overseas from the U.S., chances are you have a passport and a wallet full of credit cards.

RFID Hacking Tools Are Easy To Get

Just because you have a pocket full of RFID tags, doesn’t mean that everyone has an RFID reader.  However, RFID hackers have repeatedly shown how easy it is to get hold of information contained in RFID chips. As some chips are re-writable, it’s even quite easy for hackers to delete or replace RFID information with their own data.

It has been said that on eBay hackers can get hold of all the equipment they would need to build an RFID scanner for less than $20. This means that anyone anywhere could be trying to read your RFID chips – and that’s worrying.

How To Protect Yourself

Fortunately, radio waves are relatively easy to interrupt and block, and that’s how an RFID-blocking wallet works. They encase your credit cards in a material that interferes with radio waves. If the wallet is properly constructed as a Faraday cage, it will block all electromagnetic fields and prevent communication between your cards and RFID scanners.

RFID blocking wallets come in a few different shapes and sizes.  You can get one that looks like a traditional leather wallet, a card sleeve, or even a slim metal card holder.  Here are our favorite 2.

 

Estallion Leather Trifold


Here’s why we like it…

  • Genuine leather
  • Traditional look and feel
  • Slim

Metal Slim Fanning Card Holder


Here’s why we like it…

  • Unique style
  • Fans out cards for easy access
  • Durable

 

Conclusion

Whether you are headed to the UK or the US, your wallet contains a lot of information that you need to protect.  Theives no longer need to pick your pockets or even need to see your credit card to steal the information.  Like everything else in today’s world, your very sensitive financial and personal data is wirelessly available and it is up to you to keep it sav

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