Travel Safe with an RFID-Blocking Wallet or Sleeve
Protect against identity theft, whether traveling around the block or around the world.
The news media and blogosphere have been sounding the alarms for years now about the escalating threat of identity theft – and with good reason.
Identity theft has reached epidemic proportions – and now it’s hit a record high, according to Javelin Strategy & Research, a leading research-based advisory firm and fraud data resource. Just when we thought the problem couldn’t get worse, new statistics reveal that identity theft is affecting the credit card and bank accounts of more and more Americans.
Javlin reports that while a staggering $15.3 billion was stolen from 13.1 million U.S. consumers in 2015, that number spiked to $16 billion in 2016, claiming 15.4 million victims – a 16% increase.1 Despite the best efforts of the identity theft protection industry, fraudsters managed to swindle over 2 million more victims and nearly 1 billion dollars more in 2016 than the year before.1
Watch Your Back… Pocket: Cyber Pickpockets and RFID
When you stop to think about how much personal information is transmitted electronically through mobile transactions, in-store credit/debit card purchases, ATM activity, and online banking (to name just a few of the ways we can become exposed to identity thieves), it’s no wonder that identity fraud strikes a new victim every 2 seconds.2
A particularly vulnerable chunk of personal information tends to be consumers’ credit and debit card accounts. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 86% of identity theft victims in 2014 fell prey to unauthorized activity on their credit card or banking accounts; about 65% had no idea how their information was stolen.3
Modern technology has expedited the transfer of personal information, making life easier for us all. But unprecendented speed and convenience have come with unprecedented risk, resulting in a feeding frenzy for tech-savvy criminals.
RFID technology, which makes transactions as easy as waving a microchipped card in front of a scanner, has made electronic pickpocketing a risk factor to be reckoned with.
The ABCs of RFID: What You Need to Know
With the rise of RFID technology, the personal identification we carry in our wallets has become vulnerable to prying electronic eyes. RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification Devices, are wafer-thin chips embedded in credit/debit cards, passports, and driver’s licences to speed up transactions.
An RFID chip enables you to pass these and other forms of identification over a scanner, without having to stop to slide a magnetic strip through it. Your information is transmitted to a reader wirelessly, decreasing transaction time – and increasing your risk of identity theft.
An identity thief with a small, handheld scanner concealed in his pocket can skim RFID chips through wallets and clothing from up to several feet away. At one point, an estimated 200 million credit and identification cards were reported to be embedded with RFID technology.4
People who travel, live in urban areas, or often visit stores, coffee shops, airports or commuter trains are at the most risk of having their personal information compromised by an identity thief with an RFID reader.
Traditional wallets cannot prevent identity thieves from reading an RFID chip. Leather, vinyl, and clothing, however layered, can’t block RFID readers from transmitting the information criminals need to access your financial accounts and wreak havoc on your life. Only specially designed RFID-blocking wallets can prevent you from becoming another statistic and give you the peace of mind you deserve.
It’s Your Identity. RFID Wallets Help Ensure You’re the Only One Using It
World-reknown for its leading-edge haircare and beauty products, Conair® also produces a wide range of Travel Smart® RFID-blocking products to keep consumers safe from having their RFID-microchipped identification skimmed by identity thieves. These high-quality RFID wallets, passport sleeves, credit card sleeves and security wallets come in a variety of styles.
Versatile and practical, this RFID-Blocking Security Wallet conceals and shields your credit cards, driver’s license and other IDs. Made of microfiber, mesh and Velcro®, it’s a comfortable fit in your pocket, or it can be worn around your neck or attached to your belt. The Velcro® secures the wallet to safely hold money and cards, as the RFID-repelling feature keeps identity thieves from scanning your information.
Designed specifically to keep your passport safe, this slim, single Passport Holder provides peace of mind as you move through busy airport terminals, where identity thieves may be waiting to scan the RFID information of unsuspecting victims.
Combining style and security, the Travel Tricia Passport Wallet is fashioned durable faux leather in three color choices, with interior pockets for credit cards, ID, business cards and currency, a zippered pocket for coins, and another pocket for a passport. This ladies’ RFID wallet keeps your information safe, and you in style.
Compare RFID-Blocking Products
Take no chances when it comes to any RFID card or identification. Preventing identity theft requires vigilance, so browse now and find the best RFID-blocking products for you. As Al Pascual, Javelin Strategy & Research’s senior vice president, research director and head of fraud & security, said: “To successfully fight fraudsters, the industry needs to close security gaps and continue to improve, and consumers must be proactive, too.”1 RFID-blocking travel security wallets are another layer of protection against the increasingly tech-oriented scourge of identity theft.