Okay, this video has now been sent to me twice within a 24-hour period. I have looked at it, and upon first glance it makes you do a double take. I encourage you to take a few minutes out of your busy day to review it. It’s worth it. Trust me.
Let me start by saying if I was just your average consumer, after watching this I would be very anxious about getting on a plane, walking though a crowed airport, and traveling with my passport in my pocket to go on vacation for the coming holiday. Forget about walking through the insanely crowded malls having my credit card or debit card swiped a half a dozen times. Consider for a moment how many times you have been bumped, shoved, or pushed in a crowed mall trying to purchase gifts for your loved ones.
This electronic pick-pocketing video highlighting the dangers of RFID (radio frequency identification) has put the industry on alert stating that 140 million people are now at risk. We all know that RFID has truly done a wonderful job of making our lives easier, but this report claims it’s only given crooks the opportunity to rip us off by stealing our identities. The bad guys are now working the crowds stealing our credit information, names, expiration dates, and even our date of birth. Crooks can pickpocket you without even touching you by using RFID.
What I find most compelling about this news report is that no cases of this RFID theft have been reported, and that the RFID companies seem to be ignoring all the scuttlebutt. Why? This story is getting more and more coverage encouraging the average consumer to be even a little bit more paranoid.
So do you really need to be purchasing all these luxury accessories to protect yourself? Perhaps. It is true that beginning a few years back a new style of passports came out containing chips that emit key information that can be read by a scanner. But this is pretty much the type of tag that reads our employee ID access cards, highway toll pass, credit cards, debit cards, and gas cards. I should also mention this is not new. This has been going on for the past several years, but only until this recent video emerged did people start to get a bit unnerved thinking that the contents of their wallets can be read.
Our RFID friends insist all of this data is encrypted and safe. But, this video implies a completely different story for the paranoid. So, as an industry watchdog, I would love to hear from the leaders in the space such as Savi Technology, Aeroscout, RF Code, ThingMagic, Alien Technology, and others. I could just shield my cards in my purse, but I know you have a much better technical answer of our readers. Let’s get the industry talking.