A Simple Technique To Avoid Credit Card And ID Theft.
(EMAILWIRE.COM, February 26, 2015 ) Beaverton, Oregon -- There has been increasing reports in the media about the potential dangers of electronic pickpocketing. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips are everywhere from credit cards to passports even hotel room keys and clothing labels.
The chips allow for quick reading of information and have revolutionized the way people pay for goods at the checkout. This tap and pay technology seems all too easy but there is a major downside.
Most credit cards now have an RFID chip. This chip can be read whilst in a wallet, purse, bag or pocket. Bank ID details may be stolen without the victim even knowing. Electronic pickpockets can purchase and rig up concealed scanning systems for less than $100. All it takes is for a scammer to stand nearby or brush by a victim in a busy street, store or anywhere they happen to be and the information can be stolen in an instant. Quite a sobering thought.
The good news is there is a cheap way of protecting from these unauthorized scans. RFID blocking sleeves, cards and wallets are available that render a card unreadable during storage keeping information safe.
But what is the best method? Mike Montague - CEO of Prostuff Online the company that makes BlankScan' RFID Blocking sleeves had this to say.
" Prostuff Online recently went into production of RFID Blocking sleeves as a direct result of new independent research commissioned by the company looking into the pro's and con's of each RFID blocking method out there. Wallets, sleeves, cards, folders and even aluminum foil wrapped around a business card were al tested with each method displaying its own strengths and weaknesses. We opted for RFID blocking sleeves as a preferred system of protection." Mike added "We sourced sturdy cardboard /aluminum/plastic composites for our sleeves to place us at the upper end of the market. That said most of the other the methods out there work so for us it was simply a matter of simply going with the most practical candidate "
Protecting RFID chips from electronic pickpockets is but one way to protect sensitive information. Care must also be taken to ensure security when the card is out of its sleeve.
The Prostuff Online CEO had these tips."When paying for goods and services try to hold on to the card without handing it over to the sales clerk.
Always request a receipt and check the amounts.
If for some reason the card needs to be handed over during a transaction it is best practise to keep the card in sight keeping a guarded eye out for clerks placing cards out of view under the counter (there could be a scanner down there).
And finally, when at an ATM it is wise to cover the hand entering the PIN code and to visually inspect the machine (particularly the card slot). If anything looks unusual, use another machine. "
He added "By following these simple these simple steps credit card fraud and ID theft will be significantly reduced."
About Prostuff Online
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