Last updated 9 days 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 4 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 4 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.
Last updated 4 months ago
Modern technology has made many aspects of life much easier. You can make purchases online with the click of a mouse and pay in stores with the swipe of a card. However, technology has also made it easier for ne’er-do-wells to gain access to your personal information and steal your identity. Identity theft is a serious crime that can have long-lasting effects on your financial life, and even potentially on your medical health. Read on to learn more about how identity theft can impact your life.
One of the most common results of identity theft is that your credit will be damaged. When a thief gets a hold of your personal information, he may be able to open credit cards, charge exorbitant amounts, and never pay them off. You will be the one who suffers if this happens to you, and you might not even know it’s happening until you try to apply for a new credit card, a mortgage, or another type of loan. Try not to carry sensitive personal information on you, and be wary of unsolicited emails or phone calls asking for your Social Security number or bank numbers.
It might sound far-fetched, but identity theft can lead to you having a criminal record—even if you’ve never had so much as a speeding ticket. An identity thief could get arrested but provide your name and information, leaving you with a criminal record. You might even have warrants for your arrest in states you’ve never visited. A criminal record can interfere with everything from finding a new apartment to getting a new job.
If someone else has access to your personal information, he can use it in many ways, including obtaining prescriptions in your name. Should you need to fill a prescription, you could run into problems if your real medication and the impostor’s medication have contraindications. Pharmacies can refuse to fill such prescriptions, which is bad news for your health.
Don’t let identity theft ruin your credit, your good name, or your health. Contact Identity Stronghold at (888) 721-9723 to find out how we can help you protect your identity with secure wallets, sleeves, and more. We are the leaders in preventing electronic pickpocketing and our mission is to inform consumers about RFID technology risks, and provide them with protective products.