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RFID Blocking Wallets?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by MikeOPensacola, Apr 7, 2015.

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  1. MikeOPensacola

    MikeOPensacola VIP Whale

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    I was at a department store today browsing through the luggage department and I found some RFID Blocking wallets. I've never heard of them before. I'm curious if anyone who owns one would give me any pros/cons of these wallets. Thanks gang.... :peace: :beer:
     
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    I have one, but I got it more for the size and fact you can wear it around your neck. I really don't think RFID pilferage is that common place in the USA yet.
     
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    Con: You won't be able to use "tap to pay" without taking the card out of your wallet

    Pro: Better security for credit cards that have this functionality (Mastercard calls theirs PayPass; not sure what Visa/Amex call it).

    I believe current Nexus & Passport Cards also use this technology. So if you carry those with you, you might not want bad guys getting your info.
     
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    I dont have one and have not been ripped off.

    i guess good old fashioned leather works fine.

    Honestly though, I really would not worry about it as any russian teenager already has access to all of your personal information.

    The more that is out there the more watered down the pool is so that rfid wallet is really the least of your worries.

    What these guys do is sell the info in bulk to brokers and they do with it whatever.

    if your card out of nowhere gets charged in belorussia then your cc company will notice it and call you.
     
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    Not many credit cards if any really use this anymore. About 5 years ago this was the "next big thing", but it sort of never really got off the ground. This is a RFID is different from Apple Pay and also different from the new gold chips in the newer credit cards. I was unaware of any major credit card still using this method. If you have normal credit cards there is no RFID so no need to worry. Even if you had RFID the odds of a guy with a scanner in his bag walking by you are a lot slimmer then a waiter stealing your info or a card reader gettin hacked (hence the new gold chips). This to me is an attempt to get 2 extra bucks a wallet. Tax on the paranoid.
     
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    I use Discover for everything and never worry with their 0% fraud and theft protection.
     
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    I have one. It looks just like a normal bifold. I bought one a couple years ago after I set both my wallet and phone on my desk (phone on to of wallet) and my phone started beeping at me because it picked up on an RFID chip on one of my cards.

    It's about time for a new wallet and I'll be buying another one.
     
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    Pretty much every credit card offers the same thing. Mastercard, Visa, Amex.
     
  9. MikeOPensacola

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    Cool, thanks for the replies everyone, much appreciated.

    :peace: :beer:
     
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    I bought and used one of those security wallets when I went to Europe a couple of years ago. Supposedly it is lined so people cannot pass by and scan your cards, there have been stories from shows with people scanning for your cards when you pass by and getting your cc information. These wallets prevent the scanning of your cc's.


    Here is an article on RFID theft:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/01/30/hackers-demo-shows-how-easily-credit-cards-can-be-read-through-clothes-and-wallets/

    Funny, the article also said that you can purposely fry your RFID chip by microwaving the card, not sure it is recommended though.


    One thing to note: Since these wallets are lined they can set off the metal detectors at airports and other places. At a club I kept getting beeped because I had the wallet in my pocket, didn't realize that it was the thing setting off the detector.

    I mostly use this wallet when I go to foreign lands because I don't want any "surprises" when I get home from unauthorized charges (but then I usually inform my cc company if I travel outside the US and ask for a $$ limit on charges). I also don't want to be surprised when I try to charge something and my cc is maxxed out. But then as another poster mentioned you have a higher chance of someone stealing your cc info when you use the charge card, guess that's why I don't use the cc except at major hotels and stores. Better yet, get a debit/travel cc where you can add only a certain amount on it, that way you have a limited amount on it
     
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    I read where aluminum foil will do the same thing as the wallet. Never tried it though....
     
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    Yupper. We both have them. I got them on ebay, made by travelon. Not any more expensive than other wallets.
     
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    Passport cards come with an RFID sleeve, I believe. But honestly, there's some heavy encryption on those things. I'm not saying it's unbreakable, but if I were a hacker, I'd much rather go after credit cards, which are where the money is.

    Apple Pay and Google Wallet are NFC, which is a different technology and requires much closer proximity.
     
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    I always turn off the tap and pay features.
     
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