Many people don’t seem to care about their personal privacy, or they wouldn’t be blabbing their life’s details over social networking sites. They don’t know or care about the possibility of backlash, including identity theft. Those of us into preparedness and survival are more aware and careful about such things.
A growing problem these days is the use of so-called smart credit and debit cards that can be read by a RFID reading device so you don’t have to swipe your card with its magnetic strip. Sure, that makes things supposedly more convenient, but it also makes stealing your data that much easier for thieves as well. Somebody with a $10 gadget can steal the data on your cards while they’re still in your wallet.
It’s not necessary to steal your cards. Hackers can steal data off drivers licenses and passports with chips in them, too. Those RFID chips in your cards or passport don’t know not to give out your account numbers and other data when they’re activated by a RFID reader.
What can you do? I’ve heard of people building pocket sized Faraday cages, which is a clever idea. Now there’s a company called Identity Stronghold offering RFID blocking sleeves and badgeholders for cards and ID badges. Even the government recognizes the need to block RFID reading devices from compromising data, such as what you’d find on ID cards and badges.
I’m not affiliated with Identity Stronghold, so I get nothing in return if you buy their products. Mentioning them is a public service to you because protecting your privacy and identity is more important than ever. Click here to go to Identity Stronghold’s site and see what they have to offer for you.