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jonnason23 40 25 September 2, 2016 at 03:53 AM in Bags & Luggage More Amazon Deals
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Amazon has RFID Blocking Slim Front Pocket Wallet for Me [amazon.com]n,Secure Sleeve Mini Card Holder with Zipper and Id Window for $9.99, use coupon code T8SK7L6X = $7.99. FREE Shipping with Amazon Prime.
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How does the RFID work, is that useful? However as a wallet, the price is attractive.
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How does the RFID work, is that useful?
RFID is a chip and a coil of wire. It is as thin as a sheet of paper.

You find them on Credit Cards, Passports, Contactless Access Cards (for opening secure doors), Public Transport Contactless Cards, essentially anything you "tap" is RFID.

Many Credit Cards support tap to pay, meaning with compatible credit card readers you can just tap your card on the reader and pay up to $25 without swiping or inserting.

The problem with this is, it is hugely insecure. Thieves can just walk down a busy street and "tap" people's pockets as they walk past stealing up to $25 a go. You'll get no warning until your bill comes in. Smart thieves will steal smaller amounts so they can skate under the radar longer.

This wallet (and a lot of other wallets too) now offer RFID blocking. It is essentially a thin metal sheet placed between the wallet's material, these sheets act to disrupt the magnetic field that RFID requires to power the chip, without power the chip is unreadable and fraud cannot occur.

It does mean you'll have to remove your contactless credit card from your wallet to pay, but to be honest that's always wise since you may own two or more contactless payment cards, in which case you won't know which one paid.

PS - Smartphone based payment systems like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay are secure, since all of them require a confirmation from you before a payment is processed. Only Credit Cards with an RFID chip within them are problematic.
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Last edited by UnoriginalGuy September 4, 2016 at 08:48 PM.
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Quote from UnoriginalGuy View Post :
RFID is a chip and a coil of wire. It is as thin as a sheet of paper.

You find them on Credit Cards, Passports, Contactless Access Cards (for opening secure doors), Public Transport Contactless Cards, essentially anything you "tap" is RFID.

Many Credit Cards support tap to pay, meaning with compatible credit card readers you can just tap your card on the reader and pay up to $25 without swiping or inserting.

The problem with this is, it is hugely insecure. Thieves can just walk down a busy street and "tap" people's pockets as they walk past stealing up to $25 a go. You'll get no warning until your bill comes in. Smart thieves will steal smaller amounts so they can skate under the radar longer.

This wallet (and a lot of other wallets too) now offer RFID blocking. It is essentially a thin metal sheet placed between the wallet's material, these sheets act to disrupt the magnetic field that RFID requires to power the chip, without power the chip is unreadable and fraud cannot occur.

It does mean you'll have to remove your contactless credit card from your wallet to pay, but to be honest that's always wise since you may own two or more contactless payment cards, in which case you won't know which one paid.

PS - Smartphone based payment systems like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay are secure, since all of them require a confirmation from you before a payment is processed. Only Credit Cards with an RFID chip within them are problematic.
Thank you! So in your opinion RFID blocking wallet is useful?
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Quote from kobeband View Post :
Thank you! So in your opinion RFID blocking wallet is useful?
Sure. But they aren't rare, even if you skip this deal you can find hundreds of alternative RFID blocking wallets on Amazon and elsewhere.

Point is, that RFID blocking is just a "standard feature."
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Quote from UnoriginalGuy View Post :
Thieves can just walk down a busy street and "tap" people's pockets as they walk past stealing up to $25 a go.
You were doing fairly decent....until you went off on some fake action movie/paranoia tangent.

Here in the non "Watch Dogs" real world...it takes a little more than a random outside of your pant's pocket and wallet/purse "tap" to successfully get the numbers.


These (including this posted shill deal by OP) are just hype...and nothing proven (over most wallets and layers of clothing) to provide any real additional protection.
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Last edited by SDSexpress September 4, 2016 at 09:19 PM.
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You were doing fairly decent....until you went off on some fake action movie/paranoia tangent.
I've literally done it myself at a DEF CON booth. Pretty sure you're the only one basing their technical understanding on movies and TV shows rather than technical reality.

Here's a video presentation from 2013 where they built a backpack that could do exactly what I described:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccAhVtvMki4

In subsequent years it got smaller, lighter, and more reliable. We've already seen dedicated equipment floating around in darknet shops likely from the Russians (same people who sell ATM skimmers, hologram stickers, cloners, fake IDs, stolen information, et al).
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