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RFID chips – The Risk inside your credit card

RFID chips – The Risk inside your credit card

In newer credit and debit cards there is a RFID / NFC chip that allows you to use your card at stores without swiping the magnetic strip. It works by radio waves and is usually only good for around 6″ or closer to the receiver. The problem with this is it’s a security problem as anyone with a small hand-held scanner can grab your information when they wave it by your back pocket. Also I have noticed that whenever you use this feature the transaction defaults to credit, not debit.     Here is how you disable RFID on your cards.   Continue reading

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