April 25th, 2013
It just got easier for criminals to read your RFID cards data with this FREE app.
A smartphone app, which allows the user to read RFID cards like credit card information through wallets and purses, is cause for concern amongst consumers that carry credit cards with radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, according to experts.
The free app, available on the Samsung Galaxy S3 through the Google Play store, allows the phone to read the RFID chip on a credit card, picking up the cardholder’s name, credit card number and expiry date, according to a CBC investigation.
A quote from David Skillicorn, a professor at the school of computing at Queens University.
But there is nothing inherent in the technology that says it has to be within three to four inches if you turn the power up you can push it out to 10 or 15 feet,
That’s where the trouble starts because now you don?t have to be very close to the credit card or the passport in order to read the information on it.
The CBC investigation into the application revealed that credit card information could be read through wallets, pockets and purses using the phones near field communication (NFC) antenna. Theoretically, this means that someone using the app could gain access to your credit card information by just standing near you.
Read the full article on Canada’s Global News website
CBC – video report below.
April 24th, 2013
Protect yourself from identity theft
What are the best ways to prevent identity theft?
Here are 10 top tips to help protect yourself from identity theft
At ARMOURCARD we are often asked what can I do to minimise the risk of my personal data being compromised.
So we have compiled a list of the 10 top ways to protect yourself. (for the detailed list go here)
Shred it – like you mean too
Stash it – keep your receipts when out then shred it when home
Lock it up – mailboxes, filing cabinets, phones
Financial diligence – check your statements and all correspondence
Protect it – ePickpocketing
Check-ups -?keep up to date credit checks
Red Flags – look out for any unusual activity
Freeze it – install a freeze on your credit
Opt-out – of pre-approved credit offers
Password Savvy – use different passwords
It’s often easy to forget just how easy your identity can be stolen especially in the technical age in-which we are living. By taking several steps and making them routine you will help greatly reduce your chances of having your identity stolen.
To find more about what each one of the 10 Tips means and how you can implement it go here
April 22nd, 2013
Electronic Pickpockets – Will you even know you have been skimmed?
A recent report filed by Alyssa Reilly on the increase in electronic pickpockets. An interesting point made by the policeman is its extremely hard to know when this crime happens to you, as no physical contact is made for the crime to be perpetrated. This means no one really knows when or how.
As ARMOURCARD is new technology most of these stories only know of passive blocking means which can also be compromised. The word will get out that active RFID protection offered by ARMOURCARD’s patented technology is far superior to passive RFID blocking.
Why would you risk your data & identity being skimmed.
It’s time to take control, get active RFID protection with ARMOURCARD today!
April 19th, 2013
Protecting your Identity has never been more important
A great article by Adam Levin of IDT911 (Identity Theft 911) featured on US TV ABC-15 who puts forward some really good advice to protecting your Identity while your travelling. Although Adam is not aware yet of ARMOURCARD and its superior ‘Active RFID’ protection, there is still some great overall tips. Here is a summary of the tips and the interview.
- Watch out for Wi-Fi.
- Cut RFID risks.
In newer passports (issued after 2006) and some credit cards, an embedded RFID (radio frequency identification) chip holds all your important information-exactly what identity thieves are after. Using a scanning device, thieves can access the information in the RFID chip without even getting their hands on your passport or cards.
- Beware Bluetooth.
- Protect personal information.