When we first decided to design vegan wallets made of cork fabric, we obviously came across the topic of the known RFID blocking feature. Do we want our vegan wallets to be RFID blocking? We’ve therefore made some searches about this subject to decide whether or not we will add this protection in our wallets.
What is RFID?
RFID stands for Radio Frequency IDentification. According to Wikipedia, “RFID uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. The tags contain electronically stored information. Passive tags collect energy from a nearby RFID reader's interrogating radio waves. Unlike a barcode, the tag need not be within the line of sight of the reader, so it may be embedded in the tracked object”.
Ok, that was the technical bit, simply said: object such as passport, driving license, ID, debit or credit cards embed a RFID tag containing sensitive information that could be stolen in a new brand of electronic pickpocketing known as RFID skimming.
Better to be safe than sorry
There is indeed a controversy around the threat of RFID skimming, however, we know that hackers are becoming more creative and often use cutting edge technologies to achieve their goals. Whatever way you look at it, our personal data are electronically embedded in our cards and we better protect them. Hackers have demonstrated their ability to extract data such as names, country of origin listed in a passport, and more alarmingly, credit card numbers! All these using portable RFID readers.
Yes, a Vegan Wallet RFID Blocking
It is not because a wallet is vegan that it needs to be old fashion or cannot benefit from the latest features. At FRiLuk, we actually promote innovative designs to offer our customers functional vegan wallets (more to come later this year, stay tuned!) and the RFID blocking is part of it.
We have a range of vegan wallets RFID blocking for men and women, made from natural cork of course. But how does it work? Fortunately, radio waves are relatively easy to interrupt and block, and that’s how an RFID blocking wallet works. The material we use is a woven copper nickel fabric. A thin layer is inserted between the cork fabric and the lining of the wallet. A single layer of only 27 microns thick is enough to block the RFID signals. The layer acts as a real shield but remains unnoticeable while you carry your cork wallet.