Data theft almost in passing: What are the risks of RFID?

Modern wireless technology makes “everything” possible: non-cash payments, data saving whether for ID cards or passports, electronic security and many other examples make life easier and offer a wealth of possibilities – BUT these can also have hidden risks. Readout of RFID chips can allow access to persons with criminal intent. We would like to explain the background.

RFID is the abbreviation for “Radio Frequency Identification”. By means of integrated chips, so-called transponders, objects and persons can be automatically identified and localized. Although wireless technology makes daily life and also data collection much easier, nevertheless there are also some dangers: It can happen that more or less in passing, for example that a small mobile scanner can read off data on bank cards, even if the card itself is still in your wallet or handbag. Meanwhile RFID chips are not only found in bank cards but also integrated in passports, personal IDs and in Smartphones.
TATONKA helps you to protect your data: Travel accessories are equipped with an RFID Block
In order to protect personal data we recommend that you also shield your data carriers from unauthorized access: Wrapping cards and ID documents in aluminium foil, for example, provides reliable protection against data theft. For everyday application however, this method is not exactly convenient. The problem is solved more practically and elegantly by using covers or pockets which already have integrated protective foil. At the beginning of 2013, TATONKA presents travel accessories with integrated read-off protection, the so-called RFID Block: The new products Moneybox RFID C, Folder RFID B, Hang Loose RFID, Check In RFID and Euro Wallet RFID B are presented here for you in detail.