Are RFID Wallets Worth It?
The chances are, like the majority of people these days, you have a contactless card in your wallet or purse. These RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) enabled cards have grown in popularity over the last few years and will probably become the default payment method at some point in the future. If you are not using ‘tap and go’ payments yet, you will be soon.
In truth, most of us don't actually need an RFID card, but they do provide a hugely satisfying feeling as you gently tap your card against the payment terminal without the slightest effort involved. They are one of those modern conveniences that simply make life just a little bit easier, and they are, for the most part, a good thing.
But with this convenience comes a problem, and it is one that happens way more often than you might imagine: widespread RFID-related fraud. The phenomenon is on the rise, with many criminals pivoting to contactless-related crime as it is just so easy to commit (and even easier to get away with) in comparison to traditional card crime.
Convenient as they might be, RFID cards are an easy target for thieves. By simply using a handheld RFID reader, they can skim your card data right under your nose without even touching you.
This process, known simply as RFID skimming, is pretty much the 21st-century equivalent of good old-fashioned pickpocketing. Walking past a thief on a busy street, standing too close in a line, sitting on a busy train carriage, or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time can be enough for your card information to be stolen.
Contrary to common belief, these RFID readers are not exclusive high-tech equipment. They are easily accessible, and the speed and stealth with which this crime can occur make it extremely hard to catch the culprits.
Protect Your Pockets with Groove Life
At this point, you are probably wondering if there is a way to protect yourself against RFID crime. Given how common the issue has become, you would expect that card companies have taken great measures to combat the fraud.
They have tried, of course, but still the crime continues largely unhindered. If you happen to have a contactless card on your person and you are within range of a card reader, you are a potential victim. The fact is, no one is safe.
No one, that is, apart from those who use an RFID-protected wallet.
Groove Life has designed the perfect solution to this problem in the form of the Groove Wallet. Our RFID-blocking wallet is made of aerospace-grade material that's robust enough to withstand a lifetime of use while keeping your hard-earned money safe from card thieves.
Its compact design, which includes a detachable money clip for securely holding cash, can accommodate up to 6 non-embossed cards or 9 with the Groove Wallet Go™, a classy leather card sleeve.
The innovative friction fit and mechanical arm design keep your cards securely in place, and a smooth, single-thumb swipe action allows for easy access to your cards. This isn't just about keeping your cards safe: it is about doing it in style. With its sleek design and the added security of RFID protection, it does exactly that.
But Are They Worth It?
Back to the original question, “Are RFID wallets worth it”?
It really depends on who you are asking - those who have been a victim of RFID crime and those who haven't. Anyone who has fallen foul of the growing legions of contactless card criminals will almost certainly say - quite emphatically - that they are worth it.
The fact is, falling victim to RFID crime can have far-reaching consequences beyond the immediate financial loss. The thieves may be after your money, but in the process, they gain access to your personal information, which can lead to cases of identity theft.
These criminals could potentially make purchases, apply for credit, or even create counterfeit cards, all under your name. Should that happen, you will probably reflect on how a modest investment in a cleverly crafted wallet could have spared you this ordeal.
In other words, an $89.95 price tag suddenly seems like a small price to pay for peace of mind, protecting not just your hard-earned money but your valuable time and energy as well.
Like it or not, our world has gone wireless, and while this brings along many conveniences, it also introduces a whole new world of risks - including a new wave of card fraud.
With Groove Wallet, you can enjoy the ease of tap-and-go payments without falling prey to RFID skimming. Our wallet combines safety, convenience, and style, allowing you to keep your money protected without compromising on aesthetics.
Browse Groove Life's collection of accessories and make the smart choice for your cards today!