Last updated 4 months ago
Who loves college?
For our current students out there, we're willing to be the answer to that is a resounding "ME!" But along with all of the fun, learning, and personal growth, we'd like to draw your attention to a collegiate issue that most people aren't considering, but is still very, very real: RFID security.
Take out your wallet. See that student ID card? Chances are, there's a tiny chip in that card that contains loads of information about you and your digital identity at your school. That card can communicate wirelessly with a number of devices around it, allowing you access to buildings, labs, and even to make purchases using your school account. The bad news? That card makes you extremely vulnerable to identity theft.
As it turns out, it is very easy for someone to scan all of the information on that card and create an exact duplicate, allowing them to purchase things with money from your student account - and it can all be done without making contact with you and without your knowledge. Want to see how? You can find out all about it in this video.
So now you're probably wondering if your card is vulnerable. Well, we can tell you. We're currently providing a free service to determine if any card is vulnerable to ID theft. All you need to do is take a picture of the front and back of your school ID card - cover up your student ID number, but be sure any manufacturer text, print, or numbers are clearly legible. Send the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll email you back to let you know if you're vulnerable.
If it turns out your card is vulnerable, there's an easy solution - just check out any of our RFID wallets and handbags. These will make it impossible for anyone to access your card without your knowledge, preventing RFID theft and keeping your campus identity safe.
Have any more questions about campus safety and security? We’re here to help. Just head over to our contact page and let us know what’s happening. As always, don’t forget to check back to this blog regularly, as we’ll be keeping it up to date with information vital to ID and RFID security.
Last updated 5 months ago
It’s that time of year again students! It’s time to get back into the swing of crafting class schedules, purchasing expensive books, and moving into your dorm or apartment. With everything going on, we think that you are forgetting about some important details that should come with going back to school. Besides getting good grades and making friends, we believe that protecting yourself and your identity should be a top priority on your long list of things to do. To elaborate on what that means to us, we thought we’d share a little story with you.
Why RFID Security Is So Important
Our founder, and RFID security expert, Walt Augustinowicz, con
ducted an experiment this past spring at Northern Arizona University, or NAU, that surprised many students. Like many other college campuses, NAU issues student ID cards that are used to gain access into dorm rooms and other buildings on campus, as well as pay for meals at the eateries, and to purchase miscellaneous supplies at stores on campus.
Similar to a credit card, these ID cards have an RFID chip in them, which when vulnerable, can be stolen and cloned easily. Using a special machine that looks like a normal smart phone, Walt was able to mimic how easily a thief could get a hold of card information and create an identical card to use to swipe into buildings and make purchases. With the consent of the student, Walt was able to steal the card information from inside the student’s backpack and within seconds was able to create a duplicate card and use the fake card at a Starbucks on campus to purchase a latte, using the money in the student’s account.
Identity Stronghold Is Here To Help!
Based on this experiment, we are able to see how easy it is for a thief to not only steal student ID’s, but also credit cards, passports, and more. By having access to these, the thief now knows your financial information as well as personal information, such as your name, address, credit card number, passport number, photo, citizenship, phone number, and even your social security number.
Identity Stronghold is here to help! A great back to school item that every student should have on their shopping list is one of our RFID Blocking Wallets. Our products conceal your information by creating an RFID shield that can block the electromagnetic energy necessary to power and communicate with contactless smart cards, passports, and more. Check out our wide selection of wallets, wristlets, sleeves and more to protect your, and your family and friend’s, information and identities. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how our RFID protection products can benefit you, feel free to give us a call!
Last updated 9 months ago
Identity theft is everywhere, and if you haven’t been a victim yet, you could very well become one soon. In addition to securing your credit cards with RFID-blocking wallets, you should also protect your badges for work or personal use. Law enforcement officers can choose the RFID Blocking Secure Wallet Badge from Identity Stronghold to protect credit cards and credentials in one stylish package. If you need to wear your badge around your neck, Identity Stronghold offers a number of lanyards to secure one or more badges. We also have badge reels with secure carabiners so you don’t have to worry about your credentials accidentally falling off of your belt. Alternatively, you can keep your keys and your wallet in the same place with a secure leather mini wallet that features a key ring.
No matter what your style and preference is, Identity Stronghold has easy solutions for you to secure your badges, credit cards, and more. Our mission is to inform consumers about RFID technology risks, and provide them with protective products. Call us at (888) 721-9723 to find out more about our identity protection products, and start protecting your secure information today.
Last updated 9 months ago
Identity theft has been in the news a great deal in recent years, but you may be surprised to find out that it’s not just adults who are at risk for having their identities stolen. Watch this video to learn about identity theft and children.
Children and even infants can be vulnerable to identity theft. Schools often ask for the same information that identity thieves look for, such as Social Security numbers, birthdates, and addresses. Additionally, children may use the internet and social media platforms, not understanding that posting certain information can pose a risk. Talk to your child as well as his school to make sure that his information stays safe.
Identity Stronghold has been protecting identities since our founding in 2005, and it is our mission to inform consumers about RFID technology risks and provide them with protective products. Call us at (888) 721-9723 to find out more about protecting the identity of everyone in your family, especially those who cannot protect themselves.