6 Tips to Overcome Electronic Pick Pocketing
Habitually, the smart card industry makes all attempts to counter the risk of vulnerability through RFID and NFC communications. However, the truth is that the ethical hackers are proving them unsuccessful. This is perhaps because electronic pickpocketing is somewhat a tough to trace. Nevertheless, this does not mean that it is impossible to keep this crime at bay. While the scammers can steal your confidential information without touching your cards by hands, you too can prevent them from doing so without stopping or touching them. Yes! There are some smart, easy tips to do so!
It is also fair to say that only some types of cards are vulnerable to this offence. These are RFID cards with a frequency symbol at their rear. Yes! Not all smart cards can be skimmed; only the ones with a small icon of an antenna signal can be read. Even if you do not find such a symbol, it is unwise to assume that a card without it is safer. It is best to conduct a research on knowing the strategic ways to fight back against digital theft.
It is a fact that nothing is infallible. Keeping this mind, here are some tips to prevent theft.
1. Use a Sleeve Cover
Well, this is much like a shield for your frequency emitting cards. When you shield each card with one such sleeve cover by making it slide over the surface, the frequency waves or pulse get obstructed. In this way, the scammer with a proper functioning reader will be distracted. You can get such sleeves online or even from your card issuer.
2. Use an RFID Wallet
The most practical way to protect your contactless cards is by using a wallet with RFID protection. This is a specially designed wallet with and RFID blocking material in the lining, it works by stopping the signal transmission and impeding readers for protecting your cards.
Using a purpose built wallet is easier and more reliable than using sleeves, because it protects all of your cards from RFID communication at once. Just add you cards to the wallet.
Our Tappa Men’s wallet is both reliable and convenient. It is a slim and stylish leather wallet that splits transport cards and bankcards into two different sections. One is a readable section and the other is unreadable. If you keep all your cards in the unreadable section, all of them get full protection, as RFID gets blocked and electronic theft cannot occur. When you want to use on of them, you simply pull the quick draw tab and your protected cards pop out.
This lets you easily and quickly select the one you want. If you keep cards in the readable section of the wallet, like transport cards or work security passes, you can tap them on a reader without removing them from your wallet. Tappa wallets unique design ensures the RFID cards do not interfere with the transport cards.
3. Keep an Eye on the Financial Statements
This is sort of a no brainier but you would be surprised how many people do not do it. When you check your statement regularly, it becomes easy to notice any transaction that is not right or not done by you. Determining this simply helps you to stop further damage or financial loss.
4. Keep Several RFID-enabled Cards in One Wallet
I would not rely on this method, although use it if none of the RFID protection techniques or wallets are available to you. It is reported that if you mix the cards, the frequency reading can get more difficult to read. This is because several cards give a variety of information, which is perplexing for the scanner to process. As a result, most canners become unable to process the information and finally reject or cancel the transaction. However, this is a bit tricky method, as if the scanner reads, it can get varied information.
5. Use Aluminium Tin Foil
Again this is a last resort and may sound, (if not look) a little bizarre. There are (mixed) reports online that this technique works. A metallic tin foil, more commonly, aluminium foil, prevents the RFID scanner from scanning the card. You need to wrap the foil around the wallet. It is also possible to consider other materials impeding radio frequencies, such as thin metalised nylon. Test this out before relying on it and please don’t blame me if it doesn’t work, I recommend our wallets ;).
6. Replace the Card
If all of this is too overwhelming and/or you just don’t like using the contactless method, your bank can either turn of the RFID signal or replace it with a non RFID version. The easiest way to get rid of digital identity theft is to return the card to the bank or issuing institution. Ask for replacing the card with a new one that does not have such feature.
We would love to hear your comments and feedback. Has this article helped you? Have you or a friend ever been skimmed or had something stolen electronically? What do you do to keep your RFID enabled cards safe? Have you ever seen a card skimmer?