Got a note today from one of my card providers.
They will soon be sending me upgrade, a card
with RFID chip.
They say that the chip will provide a unique
transaction ID number for each purcahse, which
will make fraud less likely.
I'm thinking about the various Youtube videos of
guys walking around malls with scanners, and
harvesting CC numbers and personal data.
Should I destroy the FRFID and just use the
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Geet a metal can of Altoids, wintergreen my favorite, eat/enjooy. Place
the card in the empty Altoid can for carrying in your pocket. That way you
get the best of both worlds, the convenience of 'wireless' charging AND
mental satisfaction that no can read it until YOU want it read.
As an added benefit, you'll also get to advertise that you're paranoid with
little understanding of modern credit card technology since you're putting
an EMV card that can't easily be read remotely into a Faraday cage. <sigh>
Reminds me of a "60 Minutes" episode where they were interviewing a Montana
rancher about the Federal government's intrusion into their ranching
practices. He was actually making a lot of sense until he pulled out his
wallet and pointed to the tiny metal denomination threads embedded in modern
US currency and declared "These bands are how the US government tracks every
dollar we spend via satellite!" Cue theme from the "Twilight Zone."
I can't help but wonder if somewhere in that 30 odd page credit card
agreement that the OP signed there's a clause that makes HIM responsible for
any fraudlent charges made on the card after he modified/mutilated it in
some way. That would certainly be exactly NOT what the OP wanted to achieve
in trying to disable the RFID chip in a card that didn't even *have* one.
Off-topic AND off-kilter. A two fer one bonus.
On the contrary according to an item I read just a few days ago:
chip-and-PIN is far more secure, and someone (Wal-Mart big-wig, IIRC)
was lamenting that the USA was far too slow in going to chip and PIN --
anyone can forge a signature (does your signature on a sloping shiny
surface look anything like the real signature on the back of your card?
Has a charge ever been refused because they don't match?). CC fraud is
far lower in counties with chip-and-PIN.
In addition to that, the range of RFID cards is supposed to be a matter
of inches. I know that the RFID card I had until a while ago had to be
touched to the scanner, and the RFID room key for the hotel where I am
currently staying has to be touched to the lock. Waving in the general
vicinity did not/does not work.
IAC, "chip" does not necessarily mean RFID. One of our new cards has a
chip -- with visible contacts -- but is not, AFAIK, RFID. OTOH, the RFID
card I mentioned previously did not have visible contacts.
On Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:39:50 -0400, Stormin Mormon
time already. An RF shield wallet prevents a mobile RFID reader from
reading the chip (high-tech pick-pockets)
Cannot disable the chip. Chip is secured by a password code. It can be
used without cade (tap and go) for purchases up to $50 if I remember
correctly. A lot of places cannot or will not scan the magnetic stripe
| We've been using the "chip card" up here in Canada for quite some
| time already. An RF shield wallet prevents a mobile RFID reader from
| reading the chip (high-tech pick-pockets)
The problem with that is that someone walking by,
or standing next in line, during a transaction could
conceivably read the chip while you have it out.
The only information that can be read with a remote reader (assuming that the
reader is within a few inches of the card) is the same information embossed in
the card and readable on the mag stripe. Those details are insufficient to
create a cloned card.
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