Modern technology has streamlined many aspects of our lives including theft. Formerly, thieves would have to break into ones home to steal important financial information. Now, sophisticated criminals can steal your credit card or id information using the RFID chips. Below details some of the risks and ways that you can protect yourself.
Much like a bad waiter swiping your card while running your food bill, RFID theft is potentially a big new avenue for the traditional Eastern European syndicates that commit identity theft. The potential for such theft is currently the biggest worry as large scale instances have yet to be reported. But, if the PSN hack is any indication, leaving oneself vulnerable could end up being costly. Protecting yourself from this type of data theft is simple. Do not let your credit card company give you cards with RFID chips embedded. This approach may not always work since in the future state issued ids and other cards could contain RFID chips and their omission may not be under end user control. This leaves the paranoid (or smart depending on your view) needing to find a way to shield their wallets from a nefarious cyber criminal. The best and most widely used method of protection on the market is to put your cards inside of a mini faraday cage. The faraday cage acts as a barrier to electromagnet emissions protecting the card from a casual criminal who is trying to energize the RFID chip without you knowing.
Below is a list of products meant to protect you from RFID theft.
- Identity Stronghold: Range of products to protect individual cards or a whole wallet.
- Think Geek Wallet: Solid basic wallet to protect you from theft.
- Passport Holder: All passports issued since 2006 have RFID chips containing loads of personal information. Keep it safe while you travel.