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RFID Dangers – How to Protect Yourself

    Did you know that your personal information can easily be stolen by anyone within 10 feet closer to you?  They simply do this with the help of a reader which is being sold everywhere on the internet. The RFID reader sends a radio signal to ping your RFID chips, and voila, your personal information is harvested.

    Oh, did you just say: “I don’t have an RFID chip”? Think again.

    RFID is the abbreviation for Radio Frequency Identification, and it is being used in credit cards, debit cards, passports, employer/government ID cards, highway toll passcards, and subway passes.  The RFID chips mounted in these cards store your personal information.  The antenna located inside the RFID chip receives electromagnetic energy from an RFID reader and uses a radio frequency to transmit the information back to the reader. So, we can hear you say “What’s the point of RFID technology?”  It creates fast and efficient transaction process as compared to the traditional machines required to swipe and read magnetic strips.  An RFID chip requires only a reader at the check-out point. Today, nearly 100 million credit cards are using this technology and in the next 2-3 years, RFID technology will be embedded into all the credit and debit cards in the system. And in the very near future, the RFID chips will be embedded in our vehicles, utilities, airline passengers, Alzheimer’s patients and pets, in short, everywhere. This artificial intelligence technology will become a big part of our lives.  That is, if we’re even aware of all the parts. Would you entrust your personal information to an RFID chip?  Credit card companies are aware of the security problem and started to encrypt the data inside the chips, but there are additional steps you can take to protect your financial information. Be aware of this technology and make choices accordingly.  Cancel credit cards that you do not need or request one without RFID.  Purchase an RFID blocking wallet or passport holder, which contain a metal shield to block radio frequencies.  Also, monitor your credit card and bank statements regularly for errors or odd charges.  Identity theft and fraud can occur without you even knowing that it happened. Kitmana wallet helps you protect your personal information inside your credit cards, ids, and passport. Choose your favorite color and add to basket now!