30th Jul 2014
FONT SIZE: A+ A-
DIY RFID blocker
DIY RFID blocker

With Paywave becoming more popular in Australia, discover how you can make your own RFID blocking sleeve to protect your credit card from electronic pickpockets. With RFID (which stands for Radio Frequency IDentification) technology being used for many credit and debit cards, as well as being an integral part of all new Australian passports, it is becoming more important to protect your money and identity from theft.

RFID technology is what allows your credit card to work with the Paywave system. But this also means that it is possible for a high-tech pickpocket to walk down the street with an RFID reader tucked into their bag, wirelessly grabbing information off the cards in your handbag or pocket as they walk past. So, how can you stop this from happening?

You can buy an RFID blocking wallet, or get individual RFID blocking sleeves for your cards and passport. Or, by following the simple instructions in this video, you can make an RFID blocking sleeve yourself from materials which you will likely have at home.

What do you think? Do you use an RFID blocking sleeve or wallet? Does this technology concern you, or do you think it’s a bit of a storm in a teacup?





    COMMENTS

    To make a comment, please register or login
    Alexia_x
    4th Aug 2014
    1:25pm
    HOW DO YOU MAKE ONE OF THOSE AT HOME?
    jalna
    4th Aug 2014
    1:50pm
    Follow the instructions in the video above.
    biddi
    4th Aug 2014
    2:21pm
    I bought one of those wallet things that's supposed to do the job. Really hope so .....
    Didn't know passports were vulnerable, too. Will make a sleeve. Thankyou for this info.
    Wendy
    4th Aug 2014
    2:40pm
    These are so cheap to buy, why would you bother spending money on special tape? We have them for our credit cards and passports and they certainly give peace of mind, especially when travelling.
    Annamaria
    4th Aug 2014
    2:58pm
    Wendy, where do you buy them?
    Ellie
    4th Aug 2014
    3:15pm
    Wendy, I'd too like to know where to buy both the card and the passport protectors

    Marie
    jan5
    4th Aug 2014
    3:48pm
    Surely my credit card bank is responsible for making good any losses I suffer if my card can be read by passers-by?
    Kato
    4th Aug 2014
    4:01pm
    For your cards,Just whack a hole in the chip. it will still swipe, if it doesn't make them enter the numbers and press credit, it still goes through your savings account. if they want the sale .
    biddi
    4th Aug 2014
    4:36pm
    Where to buy the passport ones, please? Thanks.
    Bugs Bunny
    4th Aug 2014
    5:40pm
    Here is a link to a RFID blocking site that sells the blocking wallets hope it helps you to get 1 & stay safe with the cards.

    https://www.bagworld.com.au/shop/listings/rfid-blocking-wallets/
    Kato
    4th Aug 2014
    7:39pm
    Thanks for that.
    Flotsam
    4th Aug 2014
    5:54pm
    I just cut out 2 credit card size pieces from a beer can and put them in my wallet on either side of the card I want to protect.
    Good excuse to drink a beer as well.
    Mary
    4th Aug 2014
    6:14pm
    We got ours from Strandbags. They had a variety of types to chose from.
    biddi
    4th Aug 2014
    9:57pm
    Thanks, Mary.
    Young Simmo
    4th Aug 2014
    10:43pm
    Just line the slot in your wallet with a bit of Allfoil, takes a minute and works perfectly.
    All over Red Rover.
    Wendy
    4th Aug 2014
    11:03pm
    I bought mine at a luggage store, and I have seen them in the luggage departments at major retailers.
    justjanet
    5th Aug 2014
    10:01pm
    Cool and cheap too
    A. N. Onymous
    6th Aug 2014
    8:27pm
    A friend picked one up at The Reject Shop for $5. Perhaps some of the other discount stores (or “cheap shops,” as another friend used to say) would also have them.
    biddi
    7th Aug 2014
    6:23pm
    I wonder if any vital info can be stolen from any unsealed sides?
    SuziJ
    18th Nov 2015
    11:56am
    You can actually purchase foil food trays and lids from a small rectangle to a full-size - similar to lasagne trays. Follow the above instructions, only making the fold prior to marking out and cutting out - seems very easy.
    SuziJ
    18th Nov 2015
    12:11pm
    PS - the only problem with making them yourself is that the cards will no longer fit into your wallet. If this happens, just purchase a RFID card wallet from the Reject Shop (in the luggage section) for around $5. This will take around -6 cards.

    The other option is to purchase sleeves for the cards & passport on e-Bay. 10 sleeves start at $1.29 and the 3 Passport & 10 sleeves start at $7.99

    Check out this web site
    http://www.ebay.com.au/bhp/rfid-credit-card-sleeve


    Join YOURLifeChoices, it’s free

    • Receive our daily enewsletter
    • Enter competitions
    • Comment on articles