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RFID wallets, yes or no.

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RFID wallets, yes or no.

With contactless cards becoming more widespread, are these RFID security wallets any good? 

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Re: RFID wallets, yes or no.

are they any good? as in do they actually work? well the simple answer is yes they do work in that they do what they say they do, ie block RF communications for anything that is inside it.

do you need one? well that is an entirely different question.

personally, IMO, it would only be the tinfoil hat brigade that would go down this line.
you might as well go the whole hog and buy a portable wearable faraday cage. that'll keep you very safe indeed.
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Re: RFID wallets, yes or no.

I have used one for a few years. Can't say if they work but I've certainly not had my cards cloned.

 

On a recent TV program I saw a guy demonstrate how an unprotected card could have its data uplifted. The card was then put into a RFID wallet and it became impossible to read them.

 

 

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Re: RFID wallets, yes or no.

having the card inside one of those wallets isn't to stop it being cloned.
it's to stop someone using a terminal to initiate a charge on the card. ie contactless payment.

however, the person would need to be touching you with the device to make that happen (or have a device big enough that they'd be carrying it in a wheel barrow for it to work further away).

cloning a card still requires physical contact, usually being skimmed.

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Re: RFID wallets, yes or no.

In the TV prog I referred to the card was read by a scanner being waved near to it. No physical contact and a small scanner. This may answer your question:

 

RFID Cards

 

 

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Re: RFID wallets, yes or no.

I was just asking a question on a subject that others might want to ask or indeed find interesting.

A member of the tin hat brigade? I certainly hope not..

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Re: RFID wallets, yes or no.

......and an interesting question it is. If you view the video in my link you will see how it is easy the scam is to operate.

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Re: RFID wallets, yes or no.


artmo wrote:

In the TV prog I referred to the card was read by a scanner being waved near to it. No physical contact and a small scanner. This may answer your question:

 

RFID Cards

 

 


Must be said i did wonder what chenks was on about.

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Re: RFID wallets, yes or no.

i refer you to my comment regarding how close the reader needs to be.
the video confirms that.

the reader in the video in virtually touching the area where the card is.
if someone doesn't notice someone doing that then they deserve to be scammed quite frankly, just in the same way that if you give you card to someone to pay for something and they take it out of your sight.

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Re: RFID wallets, yes or no.

I think you need to get out moreWink There are numerous occasions when people brush up alongside you in shops, on the tube etc.

 

How do you protect your cards as a matter of interest?

 

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Re: RFID wallets, yes or no.

I guess if you were on the tube or train and packed in like sardines it would not be easy to spot someone cloning cards as it's virtually impossible not to have contact with someone in those situations.