As most know RFID (Radio frequency identification) has been installed on many credit cards, passports, and other forms of identification.
There have been numerous articles written about how unscrupulousness individuals can copy this information and cause problems.
Keep in mind the vast majority of people will never have a problem with their RFID cards.
Most fraud with credit cards is still done with skimmers at restaurants, gas stations and so on.
This means you are much more likely have to fear the waitress at a restaurant than someone scanning the air waves for your information.
With that said RFID blocking wallets and sleeves are very low cost items that do no harm and put those people who are worried minds at ease.
One very low cost DIY solution is to use aluminum foil and wrap all your card in it. Using aluminum foil is a good short term solution but can become problematic after using your cards a few times.
Here is a list of some of our favorite RFID blocking wallets and sleeves that combine functionality with security.
Minimalist Wallet, RFID Blocking Sleeves Credit Card Holder, Front Pocket Wallet
This leather slim wallet is made for those who hate big bulky wallets and have minimal cards.
It is rated to hold up-to 12 cards although it would be a tight fit for that many.
Two slits are on the sides for more space.
RFID scanners and readers are blocked once a card is in the unit keeping your information safe.
If you like to keep minimal amount of cards with you than this is a good unit. For those who carry a lot around than another unit would be better.
Access Denied Mens RFID Blocking Wallet Bi-Fold Leather (Black)
For those who like a bigger wallet Access Denied makes many good units.
This one has 6 credit card pockets plus a quick flip pocket so the most used card doesn’t have to be removed.
It also rated to pass the US Government FIPS-201 security standard which is a rating for government security personal.
RFiD Blocking Sleeve Value Set : 10 Cards + 2 Passports + 1 Bonus Wallet Insert
For those who rather use sleeves to cover their cards and passports which all can be different sizes than this kit comes with a variety pack.
All the sleeves are FIPS-201 compliant for maximum protection.
The pack comes with 10 credit card covers and 2 passport covers.
After a card is in a sleeve they can be carried around in a wallet.
For those worried about electronic pick pocketing there are many protection methods from home DIY methods to low cost options.
Testing your cards can be done easily for those with android phones by downloading one of the many RFID reading apps such as NFC Tools.
Of course a malicious person will have better tools but using a RFID reader app can give you a good idea if a product is working or not.
Having a protective wallet or sleeve is not a guarantee against your information being stolen but does add a layer of protection.
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.