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RFID: What's It All About?

by Ryan Ward April 19, 2018 2 min read

Carbon Exo Wallet showing RFID security in bar

Many years ago, some smart people came up with this RFID stuff. Prior to RFID technology, if we wanted to get into a library or pay for goods in-store, we usually had to interact with a human being.

No longer is this the case. RFID technology has accelerated the robot takeover at an exponential rate (which is robot for 'faster') and now, RFID technology puts the human race at greater risk than ever before.

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Or, maybe, it's a technology that has vastly improved the fields of communications, information technology and commerce the world over.

It's up to you which you believe but I'll be setting out the facts about RFID technology below. 

What does RFID stand for and how does it work?

RFID stands for radio-frequency identification. RFID chips are installed in products and utilities, such as clothing, parking barriers, credit card etc and allow information to be transferred between an object and scanner. The microchips used in pet tagging feature RFID circuitry to allow a scanner to read the information specific to that animal which aids in identification in case of loss, theft or in acquiring medical information abut the animal.

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Is it safe?

Yep. RFID scanners are pretty much everywhere nowadays. With that comes a certain sense of anxiety over the radio frequencies clogging up the air and if that has any adverse effects on health.

There are indications of adverse health effects in animals though humans remain unscathed by both chips and the radio frequencies required to read said chips.

What about my data? Is that safe? 

Undoubtedly, this is the most common concern in the RFID-centric world we now live in. Is it possible for someone to acquire your date, such as credit card numbers and even sensitive personal information such as social security numbers, addresses and phone numbers, with RFID scanners.

Yes, it is possible.

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So what can you do about it? Well, the first step would be to shield your sensitive materials. To do this, you'll need an RFID blocking wallet.

Tested thoroughly on a variety of different scanners, our StealthCarbon Evo and Carbon Exo wallets help protect your sensitive data from those who would use it for their own gain. 

Ryan Ward
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