December 8, 2010 7:17 AM Subscribe
RFID Hacking: Real or Hype; Prevention
posted by KRS to technology (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The web is full of warnings that credit cards, driver's licenses and passports carry RFID chips and magnetic strips that can be read from 40 feet away, thus giving an identity thief your information. But these come from people who sell foil-lined wallets and sleeves.
My credit card issuer (Citibank) says the maximum distance is only a few inches.
The US government apparently takes the problem seriously and has issued a standard for wallets called FIPS 201.
What's the truth, and how effective is a shield?