What is RFID? And Do You Need It?

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What is RFID? RFID stands for “Radio Frequency Identification”. In short, this is the technology used in work badges and credit cards. RFID chips are able to both send and receive information. While convenient, this poses a real threat to your personal identification now that this technology is being incorporated into credit cards and passports.

What is RFID? Why does this matter?

There are so many things to keep track of while we are traveling. Cell phones, boarding passes, departure times, hotel reservations, and so on. It can be quite easy to forget 1 or 2 things. We are all guilty of it.

However, many of us don’t really think twice about “protecting” our digital belongings. Anything farther than a hotel safe for valuables becomes an afterthought.

While it isn’t common, criminals have been known to use high-tech skimmers as you walk by them in airports. These skimmers can collect data from your credit cards and/or passport.

Here is a great article on how these skimmers work, and the threat they pose.

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How to protect yourself

Our partners at TravelBadger recently introduced their own RFID-blocking sleeves for your ID’s and passport. These are a great, yet inexpensive investment.

If you are in love with the wallet you have or are simply looking to not invest deeply, this is a great way to go! At only $2.49, they’re a steal. Click here to purchase!

If you are looking for something a bit more robust for all your travel needs, Travel Badger does have wallets & organizers as well.

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Travel Badger products are the way to go for all your travel needs! Lee & his family actually reviewed them on our Facebook page!

The Bald Thoughts

Traveling is a passion of mine, and I’m sure you feel the same way as well. Now that you know the answer to “what is RFID?” and the dangers that this technology can present, you need to protect yourself. Someone stealing your identity is a really easy way to ruin a vacation.

Has someone ever stolen your identity this way? Let’s hear about it in the comments below.

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