Three Wallets that Prevent Theft

Three styles of wallets that will thwart modern criminals and digital pickpockets.

Holding an RFID-blocking wallet with credit card.
Thieves can’t steal credit or debit card information from you if you keep things in an unscannable RFID wallet.Travando

We live in a world where cashless transactions are the rule, but there’s a price to pay for such a convenience. Credit and debit cards with embedded microchips are common because computers can read them quickly, and the chips don’t transmit a large amount of personal data, unlike the magnetic strips on cards. That protects you against identity theft and fraud, but the bad guys have adapted.Some thieves use handheld readers to get the numbers and expiration dates of cards embedded with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips. Not all cards have these chips, but enough do to motivate thieves to get handheld readers and steal credit card numbers. Additionally, U.S. passports issued after August 2007 have embedded RFID chips, which allows for faster movement through borders and customs, but again opens the door to electronic pickpockets.That’s why RFID blocking wallets, which are built with layers of material that RFID readers can’t penetrate, are being used by more and more people. Here are a few types you should consider.

The Minimalist

The Ridge Slim Minimalist Front Pocket RFID Blocking Metal Wallets for Men with Cash Strap
The Ridge Minimalist RFID-blocking wallet holds up to 12 card and has a lifetime guarantee.The Ridge

Newer wallets on the market are designed to hold credit and ID cards instead of a large amount of paper money and photos (which today are stored on cell phones). Such wallets are thin and can be easily carried in a front pocket, rather than the traditional back-pocket carry by men. They also take up very little room in a handbag (and, for some women, negate the use of a handbag entirely). Makers of RFID blocking wallets have followed suit and offer thin, easily carried wallets styled for men and women.

The Conventional

TRAVANDO Money Clip Wallet"RIO" - Mens Wallets slim Front Pocket RFID Blocking Card Holder Minimalist Mini Bifold Gift Box
Travelambo’s traditionally styled RFID blocking wallet has plenty of card pockets and a slim profile.TRAVANDO

You don’t have to sacrifice style in order to thwart electronic pickpockets. Wallets made in traditional styles that look like standard wallets are also available for both men and women.

The Money Belt

RFID Money Belt For Travel With RFID Blocking Sleeves Set for Daily Use
The Venture 4th neck-pouch RFID blocking wallet will hold a passport and cards and can be hidden underneath clothing.ALPHA KEEPER

If you’re going to be traveling with a passport, or if you’ll be traveling domestically in areas that may harbor traditional pickpockets as well as electronic thieves, a, money-belt-style or neck-pouch-style RFID blocking wallet is a smart idea. Both keep your cards and passport close to your body and aren’t easily seen or stolen by thieves—and they prevent any thief with an RFID reader from obtaining information.