What is an RFID shield card?

  • by Plastic Card Services
  • 26.11.2013
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With the arrival of new technologies there are always going to be people out there who are looking to take advantage of it at the misfortune of others, and this is the case when it comes to RFID or Radio-Frequency Identification. This small electronic device or chip has been taking the business world by storm and you can most-likely find it in a contactless debit cards. It is essentially a small device which is capable of storing large amounts of data and works in the same way that a barcode or a magnetic strip would do, so instead of entering a pin to access its contents you simply swipe it with an electronic reader.

Although there are obvious benefits to this technology and the amount of time that it reduces, it has caused a storm among experts who fear that there are more negatives which can have devastating consequences such as fraud.  One way in which this has been combatted though is the arrival of RFID shield cards, which can prevent any of your vital information from being stolen by blocking any unwanted devices from reading your private information. The way it works is by simply sliding the wallet over your card and the protective coating which is crafted within it blocks any suspecting fraudsters.

What are the benefits of a RFID shield card?

If you have recently acquired a new debit card in the past twelve months then you may not be aware that it contains RFID technology. This means that whenever you are carrying your card on your person it is constantly transmitting your information even when it isn’t in use – meaning you could potentially become the victim of fraudsters. Your card uses a tiny computer chip or radio antenna which conveys this information which helps bank machines and card readers identify your personal details and tell you useful things like how much money you have and other such uses.

Sadly, this has resulted in criminal activity and unwanted attention meaning that your information may no longer be safe. Even if you are walking down the high-street you could become a victim; all that they have to do is carry a barcode reader and swipe your details without you knowing. Fortunately, with the help of an RFID shield card you can now protect this information as the technology will block these devices and keep you protected.