What is an RFID Wallet? February 24 2016
Before we get into what an RFID wallet is, it’s important you understand how RFID technology works. RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. This technology lets you simply wave your credit card, debit card, ID card, passport, or license in front of a nearby scanner instead of having to slide the magnetic strip through it. This scanner sends a signal that an antenna in the card receives and uses to activate the RFID chip. This all sounds great, but the problem is that criminals with minimal technical skills can construct their own RFID readers with a few simple supplies. These devices can steal your private information quickly and silently. All the criminal needs to do is come near your wallet with the card reader because RFID enabled credit cards don’t have an off switch.
If your card has PayWave, Blink, or PayPass, indicated by a radio wave signal or logo on the front or back of the card, then it has an RFID chip inside of it. Just beware that some cards can still have an RFID chip even if there is no logo on it.
An RFID wallet is equipped with a special lining that prevents your credit cards from receiving signals from any RFID scanner (particularly from criminals). By using an RFID wallet you can safely guard your information and credit cards from identity thieves who use RFID scanners to pick up your personal information. To find out if a wallet has RFID protection in it, you can ask the retailor or look in the description of the item. You can also look inside of the wallet at the lining. RFID lining usually has a shinier appearance to it and most commonly comes in shades of silver, gold, and red sheens.
Currently Avallone has RFID protection in the new Canvas & Leather Collection of men’s handmade wallets (we have also added it to our antique leather wallets). All of the pockets have a special silver lining (that is not visible from the exterior of the wallet) to protect all of your credit cards and ID cards from any stray RFID scanners.
Mens Canvas & Leather Front Pocket Wallet w/ID Window & RFID Protection