Although technology has been developed to make our lives easier, there are always those who abuse it. Just as mail, commerce or banking has become e-mail, e-commerce, or e-banking, pickpocketing has transformed into its electronic version as electronic pickpocketing as well. When you experience classic pickpocketing, you can often notice it during the event, but electronic pickpocketing is even more dangerous in this sense since you may not even notice that you have been through e-pickpocketing after hours, days, or even months. How do they do it? It’s pretty simple; all they need is more powerful versions of the card readers (scanners). Worst of all, these electronic thieves can buy these devices online for under $100. They don’t even have to make any physical contact with you to steal your card information, just standing nearby (up to 10 ft) would be enough for them to complete their malicious act.
So, the question is how we can protect ourselves against this modern age theft? RFID Blocking comes to our rescue at this point. Manufacturers started to produce wallets that have built-in RFID blocking shields that prevent data transfer between a card (credit card, ID card, passport, even some driver’s license) and an electronic card reader. We can maybe consider this as making cards electromagnetically opaque by creating some sort of camouflage around it. Nowadays, there is an increasing trend that focuses on minimizing our needs. The old-fashion bulky purses or handbags are replaced by multi-functional items such as wallet phone cases by which you can carry your personal cards (either credit cards or ID cards), your phones and even a limited amount of cash. Thus, protecting your wallet phone cases against electronic pickpocketing is something you can’t ignore since all your digital data are embedded into your credit or ID cards. You have to take all necessary measures not to let high tech-thieves steal your valuable information. From now on, look for the products that have an RFID Blocking feature when you need a phone case. Indeed, consider replacing your old phone cases with those having RFID Blocking feature before it is too late!
But keep in mind that none of these RFID Blocking devices has the same efficiency. Unfortunately, the manufacturers of even the most powerful devices warn us that their products can’t provide 100% protection. Just be alert around your surroundings without being paranoid.