I bet you’ve heard of RFID. But do you know how it works? And most importantly, do you know how to keep yourself safe from it?
You may be shocked to know that the little “chip” on your debit and credit cards contains an RFID tag. (and so does your passport). Thieves can use this to their advantage by using that tag to steal your card # and expiry date, as well as your identity info. However, that’s not all. It turns out banks know about this technology, and aren’t doing anything to stop it.
To make matters worse, RFID technology is here to stay. What was once a $10 billion industry in 2015 is now projected to be a $13 billion industry in 2020 (and it may be even higher than that).
Obviously, this is a terrifying world we live in. But that’s the reality. And so, in order to protect our personal info as well as our finances, we’ll have to delve into…
How RFID Works & How To Protect Yourself
RFID stands for Radio-Frequency Identification. This technology uses radio waves in order to read, attain and otherwise engage with information that’s stored on a tag. A tag is usually attached to an object (for instance, the “chip” on your credit card is a tag). And the tag assigns a unique “identity” to the object it’s on.
Well, someone with the right technology can “read” that tag (or attain the info on it) from several feet away.
What’s more, this tag doesn’t have to be directly in front of someone in order to attain the info. So although your card is not in a thief’s direct line of sight, they can still interact with the tag.
If that wasn’t terrifying enough, tags don’t use batteries or an internal power source, since they work off radio waves. And they can be as tiny as a grain of pepper – meaning someone can embed them practically anywhere.
The Basic Parts Of An RFID System
An RFID system has two basic parts – the tag and the reader.
TAG: The tag contains both a transmitter and a receiver that are embedded into it. The tag also contains an integrated circuit that stores and processes info, and an antenna that receives and sends out signals. The tag also has non-volatile memory storage – which in “computer speak” means it retains its data even if there’s a break in the power supply.
READER: The reader contains a two-way radio transmitted-receiver (aka a “transciever”). This device is also known as an “interrogator.” That’s because the transceiver sends out an encoded radio signals that “interrogates” (or activates) the tag. In response, the tag converts the radio signal it receives into usable power, and responds to the reader, giving it its information.
The Basic Uses Of RFID Technology
- Animal tracking (this is the chip you insert in your new pet to ensure you can find them if they run away)
- Travel documents
- Healthcare data management
- Debit and credit cards
- Mail packages
- Person tracking (think about this for a minute)
- And so much more
The basic appeal of RFID technology is that it feeds into the “convenience” factor America (and the world) has become obsessed with. Using this technology, you can track almost anything. You can also turn on your car, open your hotel door, and check into a resort using a bracelet since you no longer have to touch anything. Just scan the tag across the reader, and it accesses everything you need.
The Dangers Of RFID Technology
As you can imagine, RFID technology has major downsides. And that’s that anyone with a reader can access the information from the tag on any object. So if that tag exists on your credit card (which it does), anyone with an RFID reader can scan it near your wallet or purse and steal your credit card info.
The radio waves will go through your bag/wallet and straight to the chip – you don’t even have to have it out in the open for thieves to access it. And this is one of the most terrifying and unsettling aspects of this technology.
If that weren’t enough, criminals are all over this technology. For instance, when the U.K. first began putting RFID tags on passports, the encryption was cracked by hackers in just 48 hours. Now just think about how many things in our world contain RFID technology and do the math. We’re all in serious danger of being hacked, and having our credit card/identity information stolen from us.
How To Protect Yourself
Obviously, RFID technology isn’t going away. And so, as you’ve probably gathered by now, it’s absolutely crucial to protect yourself from having your personal identity and card info stolen.
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