RFID blocking wallets: are they necessary?

Charlie Cooper / Updated: Apr 6th 2020 / Wallets

It’s a momentous day in your life where you’re old enough to open a bank account and become the proud owner of a fancy bit of plastic that will control your life. When that day comes you’ll have a flash flood of important pieces of advice coming your way, one of the more important ones being being careful with your card in every aspect.

It’s just standard common sense though, isn’t it? We all are aware of how important our bank cards are and are very cautious of their whereabouts in our wallets. Despite how cautious we are, it is become possible we can get our card details stolen from the safety of our wallets by Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) skimming. RFID skimming is a way of digital theft where any card that has RFID equipped, can be read and copied.

Step in the RFID Blocking wallet! A wallet designed to stop your cards being skimmed. Hooray we are safe from the digital thieves, no need to worry about our precious card details being stolen! As much as this is a great thing to have, are they really that necessary?

RFID blocking wallets are great for the safety of your details and peace of the mind if you are worried about this, but in general they’re not that necessary. Not all cards have RFID capability; mainly it’s cards that have wireless payment which have it thus your pristine new credit card is unlikely to possess the capability. Most contactless cards now possess chip and pin protection that secure RFID communications from happening.

The world is now switching more to more handsfree payment via handheld devices such as Apple Pay and Google Pay, which are very secure and essentially eliminate the possibility of your cards being skimmed by RFID thieves. To conclude, as much as RFID blocking wallets can be handy, they’re just not that necessary really.