ID Guardian concept tackles electronic pickpocketing

January 13, 2014
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ID Guardian gets serious about theft

We all know we are supposed to shred our bank statements, protect our social security numbers, and guard our personal information like it was in a safe, but now, you may think twice before you open your wallet. Did you know your information can be stolen while it is still in your wallet? If you carry a credit, debit, or identification card holding an RFID (radio frequency identification) chip inside, you are vulnerable.

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They are also found in subway, healthcare, drivers’ licenses, and bus cards. RFID is the technology that lets you wave your card or passport in front of a nearby scanner instead sliding the magnetic strip through the machine. Because of this criminals have created ways to use their own RFID readers to copy your information without ever touching your wallet. They simply walk near you and the reader will pick up the information.

How do you know if your card has a RFID chip inside? There is usually a logo on the card that looks like this: rfid ID Guardian concept tackles electronic pickpocketing and can be found on the front or back of the card. Some cards that have a chip do not have this logo though; if there is any doubt, contact your card provider. All US passports issued since October 2006, have a RFID chip in place.



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New product blocks RFID

ID Guardian has created a line of RFID blocking wallets, phone cases, purses, handbags, iPad cases and more. Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, ID Guardian’s co-founder, Matt Bolock states: “After personally falling victim to electronic pick pocketing, I realized the serious and growing threat it poses to consumers every single day. ID Guardian provides a convenient way to protect your identification and financial information with premium, yet affordable products.”

Bolock added, “We are very excited about our introductory line of phone case wallets and look forward to expanding our identity protection technology to additional products.”

The smartphone wallet is particularly attractive: one side of the wallet holds two credit cards and your ID, while the other harbors a magnet to safely hold your phone in place, allowing you to easily insert and remove you phone, while still holding it securely.

At the conclusion of their crowdfunding campaign, they hope to expand manufacturing efforts to make more high-quality, affordable, cases to safe guard your information. Currently, phone cases are only available for Samsung Galaxy and iPhone 5 and 5s; hopefully they will expand at the end of their campaign.

Jennifer Walpole is a staff writer for AGBeat and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.


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  • http://www.armourcard.com.au/ Wizzard

    Thanks Jennifer for this article, RFID blocking or shielding (which has been around for years) can have varying levels of effectiveness & often when a criminal dials up the power on their RFID reader and boosts the antenna signal strength many of these ‘passive’ blocking or shielding devices can still be penetrated or at the most may limit the distance you can be skimmed from.

    We at Armourcard have developed and patented (pending) the first ‘Active’ solution. Armourcard is a similar size to a regular credit card & sits in any wallet or travel wallet, when a criminal tries to interrogate your credit cards or ePassports, Armourcard instantly powers up and jams the frequency which these devices transmit over (13.56Mhz) If you want to find out more just google Armourcard.

    Happy to answer any questions

    Tyler
    Co-Founder | Director

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