New to RFID technology? No worries, most people are. Or at least most people think they are. We have all used RFID technology some time or the other. It’s what scans our passports, the toll stickers on our cars, and ofcourse, it’s used in credit/debit cards.If you’ve seen the newer cards that you don’t have to swipe, but simply tap to make a payment, you’ve seen RFID technology in action. Many bank cards today use RFID technology.
Okay but what is RFID?
RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. It's a chip-based technology that scans the data on a card using electromagnetic waves. In simpler words, it’s contactless.
When the chip comes near a RFID reader like the card machine, one can access the details of the card like the name, card number etc. However, the tag must be in a specified distance from the RFID reader. This distance depends on factors like power, frequency, antenna size etc.
So what’s the problem?
Hackers. Or as they are called in this case, skimmers. These skimmers can acquire an illegitimate RFID reader and then scan all the cards around it. This is often done at public places like stations, malls, stores etc. This form of digital theft is known as RFID skimming.
The term “skimming” was coined basis the way a hacker would often walk along next to a stranger on the street for a few moments, and read the data on your cards, without your wallet even leaving your pocket.
Ummm, that’s kinda scary.
Yes, the ease with which a hacker can acquire information is. Banks do take extra steps to keep cards safe, but there have been a few skimming attacks. Luckily, since it’s just electromagnetic waves, it’s quite easy to block too. And that’s why RFID-protection technology has become so common and is now available in many products, wallets being one.
How does a RFID wallet protect my cards?
Wallets with RFID protection have a special material (carbon fiber or metal) in the wallet lining that simply blocks RFID signals, and prevents anyone from being able to access the data on the chips. Yes, that easy!
The best part is that it’s a thin lining that doesn’t add any bulk to your wallet and other than that they are exactly like a normal wallet. So you can pick from any size, or style.
Arture’s RFID wallets
If you carry a number of cards with RFID technology, a RFID wallet is a good addition to your accessories. Here are two Arture wallets that are card carriers’ favourites, and now come with RFID protection.
What’s unique about this wallet is the pull tab. Get quick access to all your cards without even opening your wallet. That and RFID protection make it a must-have for those who carry a lot of bank cards. Arden comes in many colours, stores 10 cards and lots of cash.
Clove is for card carriers who don’t want to miss out on that classic coin pocket. Clove lets you store cash, coins and cards. To keep your wallet sleek, we’ve kept some card slots at the back of your wallet too!
Cards are an important part of wallets today, and in some cases replacing wallets altogether. That’s why we keep adapting our wallets to ensure their design meets the requirements (and limitations) of new technologies.