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RFID protection - necessary?

Been thinking about upgrading my belt wallet with one that provides Rfid. Anyone else think that is necessary?

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To summarize the other threads: RFID is a specific kind of technology that allows your card to be read remotely. You just hold your card next to a reader and it transfers the data. This is common with transit passes, gas cards and some credit cards (but not many). You'll know if you have a card with RFID technology as it will have the little symbol for wifi on it. No symbol, no RFID.

Furthermore, RFID signals only work in very close proximity (holding your card a couple feet away from the reader doesn't treat someone else to your payment...). And the cards have anti-fraud protection protocols. So the reality of someone having a machine that can actually read your card, and get close enough to you to read it, is remote in the extreme.

Posted by
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As it has been stated many times it is market hype to sell RFID protection. Or may be it should be call market fear. Keep saying it long enough and some will start to think that maybe I should do something or maybe it would not hurt, etc. Save your money.

Posted by
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Nope - not needed. Just a way for the rfid protector makers and sellers to line their pockets.

Keep your money for yourself.

Posted by
8889 posts

I am confused. The OP Is asking for "upgrading my belt wallet with one that provides Rfid". She IS NOT asking about RFID protection, which is what all the answers so far are talking about. She positively wants RFID.
So what is a belt wallet that provides RFID?

P.S. If you want RFID protection, just wrap metal cooking foil around the cards. Basic school physics - a Faraday cage.

Posted by
19092 posts

I just got a debit card from my new credit union and they sent it in a RFID sleeve. I'm not sure why. It's just an ordinary mag strip card, no chip. I find they don't often read when they are run through the reader slot, let alone a few foot away. I think it is all hype.

But if you are concerned, wrap it in foil.

Posted by
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@ChrisF - Mary asked if we thought she needed RFID protection. There is no such thing as a money belt "providing" RFID. She just left out the word "protection."

Posted by
32735 posts

She put the word protection in the title of the thread. It is clear

Posted by
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Thanks so much for your responses. I'll save my money for more gelato!