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?

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