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credit card fraud, RFID hacking -

If you're like the one-third of Americans planning to travel more than 50 miles from home within the next year, you may spend all year anxiously awaiting your next family vacation. Sadly, all this careful planning and anticipation can be for naught if you're the victim of credit card fraud while away from home -- and even if you keep your wallet securely in your front pocket throughout your trip, you may not be immune from RFID hacking. Read on to learn more about the dangers of RFID hacking, more commonly known as  "crowd hacking," and how SignalVault can help protect...

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ATMs, skimming -

In today’s technology advanced society, it is easier than ever for savvy thieves to access and use your financial information. Skimming is one of many methods used to obtain credit card information. This fraudulent activity allows thieves to use your credit card information even though your card never left your wallet or pocket. How Does Skimming Work? Skimming is a small electronic device used to steal credit card information from an otherwise valid credit card. The card is swiped through the skimmer, which captures all of its vital information from the magnetic strip.  Skimmers are often placed over the swiping...

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card protector, protector sleeves, Radio Frequency Identification, RFID, skimming -

Hackers have developed a slew of tools to help them achieve their nefarious goals. One of these devices that has grown in popularity in recent years is an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) skimmer. Using these devices, a criminal only needs to be near your credit card to skim information from it. Once your card has been skimmed, the information can be used to create a replicate card, or used in an identity theft operation.  All of this is may seem like science fiction, but it’s actually made possible due to science. The technology within every RFID enabled card transmits bank...

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credit card fraud -

Credit card fraud - if you have never had it happen, you are lucky. Today, we all use our credit cards more than ever - and a lot of them are "card not present" transactions - a fancy way of talking about transactions that happen online or over the phone where the vendor never sees your card.  As we shop online more and more, it becomes second nature to enter your credit card on multiple websites or even let them store it (for recurring payments and similar). You might not think about this being a problem until somebody uses your...

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RFID-Blocking Wallet -

While technological advancements have the potential to improve the way that we live, new technology also brings with it the possibility that scammers and criminals will exploit security gaps for their own personal gain. One example of a new advancement that has provided identity thieves and hackers with the opportunity to steal private and sensitive information from unsuspecting individuals is radio-frequency identification (RFID).  Credit cards and debit cards that are equipped with RFID technology use a very small integrated circuit with an antenna to transmit radio signals. In theory, this technology is used to cut down on fraud. While the...

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