Modern technology at its best helps to makes peopleís lives easier and better. The downside to moving into a ďDigital AgeĒ is that it also makes it easier for criminals to steal a personís information.
With around 200 million credit cards in circulation that have RFID chips embedded into them, and that number expected to grow in the coming years, itís amazing that the majority of wallets that are being used have zero protection against RFID theft.
It's quite easy these days for a person to be able to purchase an RFID scanner for less than $100 and with a little computer savvy, start pulling information off of RFID embedded credit cards and IDís (also known as skimming) without ever having to physically touch a single wallet or purse Ė and the victim wouldnít even know that it had happened until much later. While credit card companies are adamant that ďtheirĒ cards cannot be hacked (and theyíd never lie right?), there have been real life instances of skimming theft. The Discovery channelís Mythbusters learned very quickly that the major credit card companies do not want people to know about the possible security issues with RFID chips.
Even if you donít have an RFID credit card, the technology is finding its way into driverís licenses and IDís. New York, Michigan, Washington, and Vermont are just some of the states that currently issue enhanced driverís licenses (EDLís), while Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho, New Hampshire, Maine, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico are expected to start issuing EDLís in the near future. Canada offers EDLís in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec; and last year Germany began issuing RFID embedded ID cards.
The HuMn Wallet (aluminum & carbon fiber models) is made to protect your credit cards and IDís from being scanned unknowingly, while keeping everything secure and organized in a stylishly minimal design.
"The HuMn Wallet's plates, constructed of sleek anodized aluminum or carbon fiber, create a barrier against RFID skimming that keeps your credit and debit cards safe."