Any specs on what that RFID blocking card is? I’m good friends with a security researcher who invented the only “RFID blocking card” I’ve ever heard of, and while its possible something is hiding inside there it looks fake to me.
@unksol No, placing foil on either side of the card will not adequately protect your RFID cards. Aluminum foil, an RFID sleeve, or any form of wrapping the card in metal can easily be overcome with a high powered antenna. Instead, you can use a card that actively jams the RFID signal
@MrGlass what is coming up is putting rfid tags inside merchandise (being used for inventory purposes already) and then I could see vans driving down the street seeing what you have in your house deciding if there is enough good stuff in there to steal it.
@MrGlass@unksol “with a high-powered antenna” – so yeah, if your threat model includes somebody carting ham radio gear or better around to snag 125kHz cards remotely, a foil sleeve won’t be sufficient. Against some guy walking around with a briefcase rig trying to casually read your 13.56MHz cards, might well be enough, and better than nothing in any case.
@kensey The high powered rigs to read these are not that big/cumbersome.
You are right about the “better than nothing”, although I refuse to carry RFID credit cards without an active jammer like described in the video. Which is why I was asking about the specs of the RFID blocking card.
Are they suggesting that the back of these wallets are automatically RFID protecting? Otherwise I would think we’d need two RFID cards per wallet, as the signal transmits from both sides of the cards.
Honestly, I’ve only ever seen RFID card sleeves for that reason.
Meh lab rats test employees, have you tried out the purported blocking?
A metal box open on on end and one face with an elastic band which can hold a small stack of cards is considered a wallet these days? Assuming the cards don’t slip out all on their own, you’ve got to pull the whole stack out to find the one you want to use. Looks like the corners on the open end could snag and tear pockets, possibly causing you to lose cards or the entire “wallet”.
So ultimately, are you at greater risk of identity theft by a punk with an RFID scanner or by using this wallet (with or without the RFID cards)?
Side note: I’m more concerned about RFID theft of the personal info on my driver’s license and/or passport than from my credit cards. But I use conventional wallets, travel wallets, and passport covers with RFID blocking built-in to mitigate those risks. Plus they not only protect my credit cards (only one of which has an RFID chip anyway) but keeps them neatly organized and separated from ID cards, insurance cards, club store cards, and other credentials.
A lot of people still carry their whole lives around in their wallet. Not just cash, ID and bank cards, but store loyalty cards, gift cards, insurance cards, receipts, odd bits of paper with things on them, business cards, lotto tickets, coupons, punch/stamp cards from coffee shops…
If you’re that person, this isn’t for you.
I’m still mostly that person – I have a little bit of almost all of those things in my billfold-style wallet. (Not so much cash any more, actually – unless I know I’ll need it.) But if I’m really honest with myself, what do I actually need to carry every single day?
One ATM card of the two I have (for the account my paycheck deposits into – and I rarely use that ATM card anyway)
Three of the five credit cards I have (the Costco one to use at their gas pumps, another one for household expenses, and the hotel-loyalty-program card for everything else)
That’s five cards and the occasional few bills of cash.
My car and medical insurance cards have phone apps now (in fact my last two medical insurance providers haven’t sent physical cards at all, to the consternation of several of my doctors). My loyalty cards have apps, or I can just punch in my number at the register. Business cards? Mostly they just went in my wallet till the next time I cleaned it out and couldn’t remember anymore where I met this person or why I wanted to remember them. And so on. Except those five cards, I either have a non-card way to access it, I don’t need it very often, or both.
And if you’re that person, this might be perfect for you.
It’s the perfect gift for that marginal friend you feel obligated to buy something for. There’s no way to return it and you’ll know if they try to regift it back to you…just whip yours out and say, look I’ve already got one.
I’ve got four credit cards (one company Amex and others I used depending on cash back), and none have RFID. “Tap and Pay” or whatever they call it has never appealed to me, and I’ve never been sent a card with it.
So I ordered two of these. I like it but have a question. Since it was a two-for-tuesday item, and I ordered two of them (one with RFID card and one without), should I have received two, or four of them? I ask, because I got 3. Cant figure out if I got shorted one, or if I got an extra.
Yeah - that’s what I’m wondering. My total was $13. Either way, I’m happy. I wanted one for me and one for a gift, then I got 3. I initially thought I got an extra, but then I got to wondering. If I did get shorted one, oh well. No-one needs 4 of them
These build-your-own-2-pack sales need to be re-tooled. I’m pretty familiar with this site, but they’re confusing even to me. Just set it to have a minimum qty of 2 and get rid of all the “2-for” phrasing and the plural item names (walletS/cardS).
If your receipt shows 2 lines that each read “2-for-Tuesday: Widgets” then it should be 4 total widgets.