What is RFID?

RFID stands for radio frequency identification, and describes a short distance exchange of information between a RFID reader and chip, almost like holding up key fob to get into a building. While concerns have been raised in the recent years it's not a new technology. RFID chips have been used in security and ID badges, for tracking packages, in library books, and in retail stores to prevent shoplifting. Most items that you'd be carrying around have a passive RFID tag, which means that's it does not broadcast your information unless an RFID reader sends out a signal. Those operate on a small distance and can't transmit very much information. An active RFID tag has a battery and broadcasts information all the time, a good example is a toll pass mount on a car.

What is the concern? One of the drawbacks with RFID technology is that an RFID reader simply has to be within range of the chip in order to pull information from it. This leads to the concern that someone with a portable reader could steal personal information from RFID cards and IDs by being within range of those cards- for example the distance between strangers brushing past each other on a street.

How to make sure your information is protected?

There is a wide selection of RFID blocking products to choose from. Wallets/Handbags/Card Cases:

Osgoode Marley wallets, handbags and card cases are not just RFID equipped, they are quality leather coming in many styles, leathers and colors.

Passport covers: as the name indicates these around or hold your passport to give your personal information an extra layer of protection. Some are just a sleeve, while others have space for ID and credit cards. Travel Bags: some travel bags include RFID protection either in the lining or entire bags of just one or two pockets that are meant to hold your passport and credit cards.

Briggs & Riley Briefcases and Executive Backpacks: The Work, Verb and Kinzie series all come equipped with RFID blocking pockets.