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The Importance of RFID Protection

You may have seen products stating they are equipped with RFID protection. But what exactly is RFID and why do we need to be protected from it? Let me break it down for you...

RFID stands for Radio-Frequency Identification - small electronic devices that use a microchip and antenna. This type of technology has been around for a while and has made it's way into tons of identification measures such as credit cards, driver's licenses, and passports. The RFID chips send out wireless electromagnetic signals to compatible readers to do things like confirm someone's identity, credit card information, etc...

Sounds convenient right? The only problem is these signals cannot be "turned off" at one's leisure. This is what leaves this type of technology open to theft by "skimming." This is a type of digital theft where information from RFID enhanced devices can be read and then duplicated. The most common use of this type of theft is from credit cards. The information can be downloaded and then written on a new blank card which can be used in the same way as the original card.

Security protecting personal information via RFID.
Electronic signals are all around us and have the ability to be interrupted at any point in time with the right devices.

This is why Roma Leathers uses RFID protection in a majority of it's wallet options to help keep your information safe from this type of theft. Simply put, a barrier is placed between your cards and any potential scanners in the lining of the product

, blocking the signal that would otherwise be compromising your personal information.

Financial experts are now saying that they believe we will eventually be moving away from RFID to wireless payments via our cellular devices, which we have already seen come to play with Apply Pay and other cash apps on the market.

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