With contactless card payments growing in popularity, our personal data is increasingly at risk of interception by fraudsters. The RFID technology that allows them to function is not entirely secure and can be accessed by scanning devices that are freely available online. VAULTCARD™ is a credit-card-sized tool, which can be placed inside a wallet to block electromagnetic signals – guaranteeing protection against RFID theft, while still enabling the use of contactless payments.
What is RFID fraud and why is it dangerous?
RFID stands for Radio-Frequency Identification Technology. A small chip and an antenna relay information from credit and debit cards to contactless scanners, serving the same purpose as a barcode or magnetic strip on the back of a card. Contactless payment cards are convenient as they don’t need to be in direct contact with the scanner to work and don’t require a PIN or signature. However, the long-range nature of the technology enables an RFID chip to be read from up to 20 feet away with a high-powered skimming device – compromising personal data.
Where is RFID used
RFID technology is used everywhere, from retail to banking, and across a variety of documents from identity cards to driving licenses. Most countries use RFID chips in passports, while several cities use the technology in public transport passes – London’s Oyster card is a key example. In addition, many businesses use RFID building access cards. Almost all credit and debit cards now carry contactless technology, which is also referred to as ExpressPay (American Express), payWave (Visa), PayPass (MasterCard), and Zip (Discover).
In addition, most RFID enabled credit or debit cards will carry the following sign:
Dangers of RFID technology
RFID enabled cards undoubtedly save time for consumers and organisations, but as they have become more common around the globe, significant security concerns have also emerged. Criminals can easily acquire equipment capable of accessing the data stored on your cards or passports from several metres away. Fraudsters can utilise this data to replicate credit cards, steal identities, or access secure buildings.
Vaultcard to the rescue
VAULTCARD™ is a revolutionary product designed to solve these issues by protecting against all RFID skimming devices. When placed inside a wallet, or kept in a pocket alongside credit cards, the VAULTCARD™ device ensures absolute data safety. In fact, the higher the strength of the skimming equipment, the stronger VAULTCARD’s jamming signal will be – protecting you from even the most powerful of machines..
Why is Vaultcard so effective?
VAULTCARD switches on automatically when it senses an electromagnetic wave emitted by an RFID scanner. It responds to signal strengths one hundred times smaller than those required for contactless cards to function, and creates a sophisticated electromagnetic jamming signal that blocks RFID readers
Why choose Vaultcard
VAULTCARD's patent pending RFID protection technology is unique to contactless card safety devices and is based on highly sophisticated jamming signals frequently used by the military.
We have invested a great deal of time in research and development to create our final VAULTCARD™ prototype. Its unmatched protection utilises an extremely efficient design, which emits a complex jamming signal that completely shuts out any RFID communication.
Here are the key benefits that make VAULTCARD™ so unique:
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