6 Tips to Practice Safety while Playing Pokemon Go



Pokemon has been revived into the 21st century with the recent release of the new Pokemon App. Children of the 1990’s will remember playing Pokemon on their Game Boy or collecting the cards. Now, everyone are diving back into the Pokemon world through an app called Pokemon Go.

This app enables users to participate in a free-to-play mobile reality game where they can catch Pokemon at different locations in their local area and around the world.

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People have taken to walking the streets to find Pokemon in parks, cemeteries and college campuses, among other places. The game is reaching people of all ages, and families are even playing it together.

Although the game is interactive and promotes healthy exercise, users should also be aware of their safety and the safety of those around them. This includes not trespassing in yards around your community and not playing the game while driving. Police departments have not experienced any complaints to date in relation to the app but they encourage players to use it safely and not while driving a vehicle.

If you use the app while driving, it can lead to distracted driving as with a phone call or texting. It is better to travel in a group and stay aware of your surroundings.

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Here are some other safety tips for playing the game:

1. Use the well-known “buddy system” and travel in groups.

2. Children should notify their parents where they’re going to play, and younger children should be supervised while using the app.

3. Stay in well-lit areas so you’re not playing the game in an underpopulated area and be aware while playing at night.

4. Along with not driving and playing, don’t skateboard or bike.

5. Plan your route instead of wandering aimlessly.

6. Stay Safe with Pokemon Go Travel.

When traveling during your Pokemon Go game, stay alert and be safe to avoid accidents. Don’t forget to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Whether walking, riding or driving, you need to protect yourself from thieves who will try to scam you when you are concentrating on playing the game. The most common way they will do this is using an electronic scanning device to read the data on your credit cards, debit cards and other identity cards.

Lastly, don’t become obsessed with the game. So make sure you get some sleep. Even though it can be fun to keep up the chase, remember that your health matters and taking a break from the game can make it more enjoyable for the next time you play the game.

NEVER Leave Home Without Protection!

Never travel locally or abroad without rfid security protection! It’s always best to use an Rfid blocking wallet to protect you from electronic pickpocketing. Pickpockets operate everywhere. It will save you from both the physical loss of your credit cards, passports and other important travel documents. And the electronic data stored on them. Once you’ve lost your personal data you are vulnerable to personal identity loss. IGOGEER™ has a range of Rfid Blocking products designed to do just that. Check them out on our store today. https://igogeer.com

 

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Pokemon GO: 5 Travel Cheats Tips to Hatch Eggs Faster



Pokemon GO is taking the world by storm. It has become one of the most popular mobile games ever in only a few weeks since it’s release earlier this month. The way it is going it could be the most popular mobile game ever!

Its also the perfect game for people who are addicted to travel because its all about getting out into the world and having fun.

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Many people think the game is just about catching wild Pokemon in the real world. However there are other aspects to it that can also be very rewarding. One example of this is how to hatch eggs. Hatching eggs may be a bit challenging which is why one of the Pokemon GO cheats that you must learn is how to hatch eggs faster in Pokemon GO.

1. Capturing Pidgey’s

The tip to gaining a lot of experience to level up, is that you need to capture all the Pidgeys you will encounter. The best advise is to catch this specific creature because it only costs 12 candies to evolve. The second thing you should keep in mind is the use of Lucky Eggs, which is to boost your XP gain in half an hour.

Then after collecting Pidgeys, you now go to the website PidgeyCalc. Remember, your aim is to maximize the 30 minutes boost on XP gain by evolving several Pidgeys. But to do so, you will have to exchange some of your captured Pokemons, of the same type of course, to get candies. That website will help you compute how many Pokemon you will have to transfer to the farm for candies without giving away so many that you might possibly miss out on potential evolution’s.

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2. Finding Pokemon Eggs

You must first know where to find Pokemon eggs. Usually you can find these in the wild or in PokeStops where you can get free items. If you’re not familiar with eggs yet, there are actually different kinds of eggs that can hatch into various Pokemon. There are 2km, 5km and 10km eggs.

If you are wondering why the eggs are classified as such, it is actually the distance that you would need to travel once the egg is in your incubator before it will hatch. Yes, you will need to get off your couch in order to hatch your eggs. That is actually what Pokemon GO wants you to do. This is a physical game that encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the world. This is the perfect game for people addicted to travel!

3. Hatching Eggs

Hatching eggs can take on a whole new importance once you have reached the latter stages of the game. It may seem like a very insignificant part of the game yet it can really be beneficial once you have maxed out your level. Hatching eggs can take a while if you do not know the right thing to do. One very helpful tip that you must remember is to travel in a straight line when you are trying to hatch your eggs. According to Forbes, the game often only measures straight distance when you are hatching an egg. Therefore, going in circles will not help you hatch eggs. Always try to travel in a straight line to help hatch eggs faster in Pokemon GO.

4. Invest in Incubators

Another tip is to get as many incubators as you can. You only start out with one incubator but you will learn later on that this is simply not enough. If you are planning to buy an item with your hard earned cash, incubators should be it.

Once you have a lot of incubators and you are hatching eggs by batches, one tip that you should try is to use a bike or your car to travel the distance needed. Pokemon GO is not limited to walking only. You will be credited with the distance you traveled, not how fast you get there. Therefore, try to bike, jog or ride in a straight path to help hatch Pokemon eggs faster.

5. Stay Safe with Pokemon Go Travel

When traveling during your Pokemon Go game, stay alert and be safe to avoid accidents. Don’t forget to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Whether walking, riding or driving, you need to protect yourself from thieves who will try to scam you when you are concentrating on playing the game. The most common way they will do this is using an electronic scanning device to read the data on your credit cards, debit cards and other identity cards.

That said, enjoy your Pokemon Go experiences and Gook luck!

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Never travel locally or abroad without rfid security protection! It’s always best to use an Rfid blocking wallet to protect you from electronic pickpocketing. Pickpockets operate everywhere. It will save you from both the physical loss of your credit cards, passports and other important travel documents. And the electronic data stored on them. Once you’ve lost your personal data you are vulnerable to personal identity loss. IGOGEER™ has a range of Rfid Blocking products designed to do just that. Check them out on our store today. https://igogeer.com

 

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45 Travel Tips for First Time Travelers



You’re nervously excited about that first overseas trip. You’ve been planning it for months (probably years). And it’s finally arrived. That departure day is here. Your bags are packed, your checklist is checked and triple checked. Your tickets, passport, travel documents, itinerary, money, credit cards, traveler’s checks, etc… are all accounted for…

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When you arrive at your destination and fresh off the plane on your first travel adventure, there is much you probably don’t know about the wider world of travel.

But a lot you do know about the place where you just left. Home!

This fact can be dangerous. It can lead you to commit many cultural, social and religious faux pas in a foreign land. It may also mean that you travel with a mind that is not yet open to new experiences and ways of life in other countries.

 

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To make that journey of discovery and growth easier, here is a list of travel tips for beginners:

45 travel tips for first time travelers

  1. Don’t expect life to be like it is at home. After all, that’s why you’re traveling. Isn’t it?
  2. Travel with your eyes wide open and your mind alert!
  3. Open your mind to learning new things.
  4. Don’t judge people. Be inquisitive and say, “Isn’t that interesting? Tell me more.”
  5. Learn the basics of the local language. Push yourself to use them often. This is the best way to show your respect. And break down barriers to starting conversations.
  6. Never forget your manners. They are universal. So use them!
  7. Do not shout or raise your voice at others. They are probably not deaf. They just can’t understand your language or your attempts at theirs.
  8. If the locals don’t speak English then NEVER complain about it! After all, its their country you’re visiting.
  9. Learn to Bargain! Culturally it’s an expected part of the transaction in many parts of the world.
  10. Do not over bargain. Remember that the bargaining process should be a WIN/WIN for both parties.
  11. Respect local customs. You are the visitor to their country.
  12. Learn how to toilet squat. You’ll need it.
  13. Yes, party and have fun, but don’t get it out of control where people are hurt and property is trashed.
  14. Show respect and leave a good impression of your culture on the locals of the countries you are visiting.
  15. Be adventurous, have off the beaten path adventures in addition to traveling to the touristy stuff too.
  16. Just because you’ve visited 45 countries on a budget of $30 a day by going off the beaten path doesn’t make you cool! You need to mix it up to enjoy your travel the most.
  17. Ignore everyone else’s opinion. Travel in a style that suits your values, likes and interests.
  18. Start your travel adventures when you are young. Don’t leave it until your too old to enjoy it.
  19. Don’t listen to the naysayers and dream-stealers. Because, they have probably never taken the chance to follow their dreams!
  20. Experience the street food. It won’t kill you! Just be cautious about where you eat.
  21. Ditch the Western diet of Maccas and KFC. Be adventurous, try the local cuisine.
  22. It’s okay to feel uncomfortable at times. Accepting the challenge is how you grow.
  23. Be flexible and learn to compromise, because you’re out of your comfort zone.
  24. Don’t shy away from asking for help when you need it. Even if it’s embarrassing. It won’t kill you!
  25. Carry phrase cards as prompts for the local language. These are essential for vegetarians in China.
  26. Don’t be afraid to respectfully say “no”. Be firm but not forceful!
  27. If the village chief offers you rice wine shots at 10am after a morning hike to chase away evil spirits you may be carrying, do not be afraid to say “Yes”. It’s disrespectful to say “No”.
  28. Be Friendly. Talk to the local people. It’s amazing what you will learn.
  29. Do as much local as you can: local food, transport and accommodation.
  30. Smile and laugh often! You’ll meet so many wonderful new friends this way.
  31. Improve your confidence. Do one thing each day that scares you. This will push those comfort barriers a little further away each time.
  32. Mingle with and befriend other travelers. It will give you a feeling of  comfort and security.
  33. Celebrate local culture and festivities with the locals in their traditional manners.
  34. Learn about the local religions. This will help you to understand the local culture and perhaps to bring a new perspective on your own beliefs.
  35. Don’t just rely on technology to help get you around. Resort to hard maps when the map app crashes.
  36. Stay in contact with loved ones at home. Email, Skype and call home regularly. It will help keep your spirits up.
  37. Don’t be afraid to take each day as it comes with limited plans. Don’t plan your travel too tight.
  38. Take out comprehensive travel insurance. It ain’t sexy, but neither are the thousands of $$$ you could end up paying if you don’t have it.
  39. If you get robbed or bad things happen, don’t get hung up on it. As long as you are safe and well, let it go and continue to enjoy yourself.
  40. Don’t be afraid to blow the budget occasionally for those once in a lifetime experiences.
  41. If you are really hating it, then change your perspective and direction. Move on to the next town, city or country.
  42. Be prepared for reverse culture shock when you return home as it could really mess you up.
  43. Guard your passport with your life! You can’t travel freely without it.
  44. Take travel security seriously. It’s a dangerous world out there. Stay alert and be cautious about your surroundings. There are potential dangers everywhere.
  45. Protect yourself from electronic pickpocketing with an RFID Travel Wallet. It will save the loss of your credit card details and possibly your identity!

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12 Things You Should NEVER Do While Traveling Abroad!



I know you just can’t wait to go on that long awaited travel experience. But for the young at heart and uninitiated there are some important things you must be aware of before you take off!

Whether you’re honeymooning, vacationing, backpacking or any other reason for traveling internationally, there are certain things you should never do.

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Here is our list of the 12 key things your should never do:

1.       Trust anyone giving you a “great deal” that’s too good to be true!

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Be warned! 99% of the time they are trying to con you, rob you or sell you something illegal. Politely, Say No!

2.       Take pictures of security-related buildings or personnel

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If it’s a government building, cool looking police quarters, army barracks, or even inside an airport – ASK FIRST! In many countries you can be detained, imprisoned and/or deported for photographing these types of facilities.

3.       Buy or traffic illegal drugs

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The penalties for drug charges in most countries are severely worse than in the US. They can including imprisonment without bail or trial for up to a year or more. Or even death in some countries! Don’t take the risk.

4.          Buy Knock off products

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You will be arrested and charged if you’re caught buying counterfeit goods. Its not worth the RISK!!

5.       Drink too much (alcohol)

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Drinks are a lot stronger in other countries. Some countries prohibit drinking alcohol in public places. Don’t make poor life decisions because you drank what is normally your limit. Think before you drink!

6.       Use “American” hand gestures

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Different hand gestures mean different things depending where you are. For example, you may think you’re giving the peace sign to someone in the UK, but they might take it as you flipping them off. After all you don’t want offend anyone do you!

7.       Lose track of what you’re card spending

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Americans have been arrested for mistakenly going over their credit limit while traveling abroad. Use common sense and discretion when shopping abroad despite the fact that prices can be s0 much cheaper.

8.       Join a protest rally

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Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is an American thing. In other countries, demonstrations can quickly result in violence, detention and deportation. Don’t risk it. Its not worth!

9.       Speak louder because you are speaking a different language

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Just because someone speaks a different language, doesn’t mean they are deaf! Americans have a reputation for speaking too loudly in foreign countries. Tone it down a notch to keep less conspicuous.

10.   Drive off the main roads

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More than 200 U.S. citizens die each year from car accidents while traveling abroad. If you are going to drive, know the rules of the road for that country and don’t forget your International Driving Permit. In some countries foreigners are targeted by corrupt police for payment of illegal fines! So be careful to obey the road laws.

11.   GET ARRESTED!

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Have you ever seen the show “Locked Up Abroad?” If you haven’t, you should. You do not want to end up in a foreign prison where you have no rights. But if you do find yourself in a legal situation, contact the closest U.S. embassy or consulate. They may be able to help.

12.   NEVER Leave Home Without Protection!

Never travel locally or abroad without rfid security protection! It’s always best to use an Rfid blocking wallet to protect you from electronic pickpocketing. Pickpockets operate everywhere.  It will save you from both the physical loss of your credit cards, passports and other important travel documents. And the electronic data stored on them. Once you’ve lost your personal data you are vulnerable to personal identity loss.  IGOGEER™ has a range of Rfid Blocking products designed to do just that. Check them out on our store today. https://igogeer.com

 

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TRAVEL TIPS: ATM CASH MACHINE WARNING!!



A Warning About Using ATM Cash Machines!

The use of ATM machines to get instant cash is widespread throughout the world. Despite their popularity there are many downsides to their usage. There are many precautions that travelers should take when using these machine.

So, it’s probably a good time to remind people while they’re traveling on how to avoid being scammed/skimmed when using ATMs!

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Here are our suggested Guidelines for Using ATM’s at home or abroad.

Guidelines for Using an ATM:

1. Don’t use stand-alone ATMs. Only Use an ATM in a bank with a 24 hour security system & during business hours if possible.
2. Make sure no-one is hanging around nearby using a hand-held machine.
3. Make sure no-one is looking over your shoulder, as this is a common trick of stealing your PIN.

Card Slot:

1. Check card slot has not been tampered with.
2. Check the card slot for a skimmer device that records the account data.
3. If the card slot feels loose, do not use the machine.

Pin Pad:

1. Check the pin pad has not been tampered with.
2. Cover the keypad with your hand, or other object. This will stop a hidden camera from recording your PIN to access your account.

There are three things you should receive before you leave the ATM booth:

1. Card
a) .Remove card asap, in case machine retains card.
Some ATMs return your card last & sometimes very slowly, so don’t leave it behind. Many people have!
2. Cash – Check amount
3. Receipt – Check amount
Count out those three items, before you leave the booth.

Do Not Be Rushed

Do not be distracted & do not be rushed, doing these 3 processes. This is a very important process
Put your card, cash & receipt away in a safe wallet, money belt or neck wallet, before you leave the booth.
Keep all transaction receipts. Bank accounts can be stripped after you return home when you are not expecting it.

Tourists are particularly vulnerable to local scams. Because they’re unaware of what’s happening around them. Find out how to protect yourself in these situations. The answer is really simple! Go here to find out how!

Transactions:

If the ATM displays, “this transaction cannot be processed” do not try again on that machine.
If you continue, you will not receive money, but it will be deducted from your account.
When you have free WiFi, check your account.

Contact your Bank:

Don’t forget to advise your bank of your travel dates, so your card won’t be blocked & attempted fraud can be picked up quickly.

You may need to change your password, if your account is compromised.
If your account is compromised, you have 60 days to lodge your appeal.
You can ask your bank to send you a SMS message every time there is a transaction on your account.

Protection:

Check your bank accounts regularly. If you notice anything suspicious, contact your bank immediately.
Have one account which you keep a small amount of money & only use this account to withdraw money from ATMs. Have another account where you keep the bulk of your funds. Transfer money from that account to your ‘ATM account’ when your ATM account needs topping up. Never make an ATM withdrawal from this account.
This process may be a bit inconvenient, but it is an easy way to protect yourself.

Scams:

A wireless router/scanner & small camera can be embedded in the ATM. The router can record data from the ATM card’s embedded micro-chip, while the camera can see customers’ valuable PIN numbers.

Electronic Pick-Pocketing:

Electronic pick-pocketing is now commonplace in most countries. It’s so easy for a thief to use an inexpensive handheld scanner/reader device that can read your credit card (or other cards embedded with a micro-chip) to steal your card data and/or your identity!

To protect yourself from electronic pick-pocketing we recommend that you use an RFID Wallet with RF Blocking Technology. The special RFID Blocking material will stop electronic pickpockets from stealing your embedded micro-chip data on your credit cards and other identity cards.

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Are there any RFID Privacy Concerns?



Yes,  there are Concerns about RFID Privacy!

Unsurprisingly, there are many privacy concerns surrounding RFID technologies. These concerns are particularly so when it comes to personal issues relating to the use of passports, smart cards and the advent of the contactless smart card.

Passports

In an effort to make passports more secure, many countries have implemented RFID (biometric microchips) into their passports. However, the encryption on the microchips has been broken. Leaving the biometric passport open to attack from potential criminals intent on stealing your personal information and identity.

There is also the concern that passport data can be scanned while the passport is being mailed to its owner. Where a criminal needed to secretly open and then reseal the envelope, now it can be done without detection, adding some degree of insecurity to the passport system.

Additionally, the RFID passports can be scanned by anyone with an RFID reader from as far away as several hundred feet. This can be a real security risk!

Smart Cards (Credit Cards etc…)

The most popular smart card today is the Credit/Debit Card with an imbedded microchip. Smart cards can provide identification, authentication, data storage and application processing. Smart cards may provide strong security authentication for single sign-on (SSO) within large organizations. These contact smart cards need to be inserted into a card reader to communicate and process transactions.

EMV (Europay MasterCard Visa) compliant cards and equipment are widespread and only since 2014 have been accepted into the United States. MasterCard was the first company that has been allowed to use the technology in the United States. In addition, Chase Bank has also received a contract to use the technology on some of their newer credit card plans.

The United States has felt pushed to use the technology because of the increase in identity theft. The credit card information stolen from Target in late 2013 was one of the largest indicators that its American credit card information was not safe. Target made the decision in April 2014 that they would implement the smart card microchip technology in order to protect themselves from future credit card identity theft.

Contactless Smart Cards

A second type of smart card is the contactless smart card. This type of smart card communicates with and is powered by the reader through RF induction technology (at data rates of 106–848 kbit/s). These cards require only proximity to an antenna to communicate.

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Like contact smart cards, contactless cards do not have an internal power source. Instead, they use an inductor to capture some of the incident radio-frequency interrogation signal, rectify it, and use it to power the card’s electronics.

Smart cards have been advertised as suitable for personal identification tasks, because they are engineered to be tamper resistant. The chip usually implements some cryptographic algorithm. There are, however, several methods for recovering some of the algorithm’s internal state.

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What is RFID Skimming?



So, What is RFID Skimming?

RFID Skimming is the simple process of someone reading and copying the data contained on your bank or credit cards with an RFID reader or scanner. It is a quick and simple process that can be over and done within a matter of seconds without you having any knowledge it is happening.

How Can You Protect Yourself from RFID Skimming?

By now you’ve probably become quite paranoid about the safety of your numerous smart cards that you carry around with you every day – unprotected.

The Good News however is that there is a lot that you can do to protect yourself from RFID theft by the skimming of your smart card information and your identity.

The most effective way to protect you is to create a magnetic Faraday Cage. A Faraday Cage is a specifically designed magnetic mesh-like metal holder (cage) that essentially filters out certain electromagnetic frequencies and siphons them off to the ground. However, this is impractical when you’re out shopping or at the theater, or while your traveling on your vacation.

In short, nothing will work 100% to eliminate the possibility of your RFID cards being scanned. The safest way to protect you is to purchase a good quality RFID Blocking money belt, waist bag or wallet. These items are specifically designed and constructed to stop 99% of RFID readers scanning the smart card chips in your credit cards, passports and other identity cards.

The fabrics used in these RFID blocking money belts, waist bags and wallets is a knitted or woven material containing copper, silver or stainless steel fibers. These fibers are designed to block the incoming RF frequencies from reaching the smart card chips imbedded in the credit cards, passports and identity cards.

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RFID Blocking Technology is not Cheap

RFID blocking fabric technology is not cheap. The manufacture of these fabrics is a very expensive process. Many of these fabrics combine microscopic particles of the copper, silver or stainless steel knitted or woven in specific patterns. These patterns create an impenetrable barrier against the intrusion of RF frequencies. They help to keep your valuable smart cards, passports and other identity cards information, safe from potential theft and loss of your personal identity.

One in Four Americans will Experience Identity Theft

It has recently been reported that one in four Americans will experience identity theft in their lifetime. This clearly indicates that with the advent of RFID technologies, although they deliver enormous benefits, have also created significant risks for its users.

If you are one of the many who want the best protection against intrusive RF frequencies reaching your smart cards, then you should check out the range of RFID Blocking products available from IGOGEER™.

You will be surprised by the range of products that contain RFID Blocking materials to help protect you from potential identity theft.

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What Can You Do About Radio Frequency Tracking?



There are Many Things You can do About Radio Frequency Tracking

The most important thing to remember is that RFID technology is an amazing aid to business and consumers alike. It has made our lives so much easier in so many ways that it’s hard to imagine life without them. Having said that, it has without doubt, created some considerable risks to our privacy and safety.

Because of this risk, you need to be vigilant about the use and availability of RFID devices and other RFID items in your life. You need to know what you are carrying or using that is embedded with radio frequency identification information about you, is key to being able to protect that data and manage your personal security.

If you are concerned about possibility of theft, you may wish to limit the amount of RFID technology that you have in your life. However, you need to be aware that you may be presented with situations that are moving towards the use of RFID technologies (bridge and road tolls, or passports) and that you may not be able to avoid them entirely without making major changes to your behavior or giving up personal freedoms.

Protecting Passports

You can adopt methods to manage and control the RFID devices that are in your life. Protect passports when you are traveling. Keep the bridge toll fast pass in a shielding pouch in the glove box of the car when it’s not in use. Reduce the number of credit cards you have and shield the one’s you keep with you in an appropriately shielded wallet or purse.

Then, if you want to go “all out” there are a couple of technologies you can consider. You can get an RFID shielding paint that will block cell phone and other signals. It’s pricey but if you want a quiet family dinner without anyone’s cell phone interrupting, it’s a thought for when you redo the dining room decor. There is also a Wi-Fi/signal-blocking wallpaper that has been developed which can work to contain or block electromagnetic signals. This may seem to be an over reaction, but it demonstrates that there are ways to protect yourself from being tracked by RFID devices.

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How to Secure and Protect an RFID Enabled Passport?

Many countries including the US, Canada, UK, Australia and the European Union now issue biometric passports that contain an RFID chip.

While this technology can help authenticate passports, reduce counterfeiting and speed up immigration clearance processing, it’s also made it possible for electronic thieves to ‘skim’ the information from your passport by scanning it using a simple RFID reader.

One simple way to stop your passport from being scanned without your knowledge is to be aware of your surroundings when opening your passport. While that isn’t always possible, especially in extremely busy and crowded places, don’t leave your passport exposed for any longer than you need to. Crowded places are the perfect cover for unscrupulous data thieves.

RFID Blocking Materials

Another way to keep your biometric passport secure is to store it in a passport wallet with RFID blocking materials. These RFID blocking materials are specially manufactured fabrics made from fine fibers of aluminum, copper, silver, stainless steel and other such conductive materials. Continue reading for more information about the availability of products containing these conductive materials.

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Should I be Concerned About My Privacy from RFID?



Yes, You Should be Concerned About Your Privacy from RFID Devices!

As more and more forms of personal identity and credit cards become enabled with radio frequency identification chips, it’s becoming easier to not only access our own data but also to have that data stolen by data thieves.

It may be extremely convenient to simply swipe or wave a card to do your business. But how do you feel about someone being able to get all your information just as quickly and quietly, without you ever knowing about it?

Imagine the situation where someone can simply walk past you and within a few seconds have copied all the information stored on your personal identity cards, passport, bank cards and credit cards? How would you feel about a total stranger (or the government) being able to follow you down the street and see where you go and what you do all day? Just Like Big Brother!

Those are the darker and less convenient concepts that arise from the application of RFID to everyday consumer items. On the positive side, it makes for ease of transactions and enables a lot of information to be stored in the smallest of spaces. On the negative side, it’s broadcasting that information out to anyone who has the means to read it. Good or bad!

RFID Controversy

The use of RFID has engendered considerable controversy and even product boycotts by consumer privacy advocates

The two main privacy concerns regarding RFID are:
• Since the owner of an item will not necessarily be aware of the presence of an RFID tag and the tag can be read at a distance without the knowledge of the individual, it becomes possible to gather sensitive data about an individual without consent.
• If a tagged item is paid for by credit card or in conjunction with use of a loyalty card, then it would be possible to indirectly deduce the identity of the purchaser by reading the globally unique ID of that item (contained in the RFID tag). This is only true if the person doing the watching also had access to the loyalty card data and the credit card data, and the person with the equipment knows where you are going to be.

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Most concerns revolve around the fact that RFID tags (microchips) affixed to products remain functional even after the products have been purchased and taken home and thus can be used for surveillance and other purposes unrelated to their supply chain inventory functions.

The concerns may be addressed in part by use of the ‘Clipped Tag’. The Clipped Tag is an RFID tag designed to increase consumer privacy. After the point of sale, a consumer may tear off a portion of the tag. This would be beneficial for consumer goods like clothing, household goods, etc…but does not provide protection for the credit or debit card used to purchase the goods.

However, the ‘Clipped Tag, does allow the transformation of a long-range tag into a proximity tag that still may be read, but only at short range – less than a few inches. The modification of the tag may be confirmed visually. The tag may still be used later for returns, recalls, or recycling.

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How can I Shield my RFID Devices?



RFID Devices can be Shielded from Skimming

The U.S. Government has acknowledged the many operational concerns over the biometric passport and the smart cards. In an effort to prevent the passive “skimming” of RFID-enabled cards or passports, the U.S. Government’s General Services Administration (GSA) issued a set of test procedures for evaluating electromagnetically opaque sleeves. Electromagnetic opaque sleeves are devices that contain special materials (aluminum, etc…) to prevent the microchip in the passport or smart card from being read.

Shielding products must meet or exceed published standards. The United States government requires that when new ID cards are issued, they must be delivered with an approved shielding sleeve or holder.

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Shielding Controversy

There are many contradicting opinions as to whether aluminum can prevent reading of RFID microchips. Some claim that aluminum shielding, essentially creating a Faraday cage, does work. Others claim that simply wrapping an RFID card in aluminum foil only makes transmission more difficult and is not completely effective at preventing it.

A Faraday cage is essentially a grounded metal cage that protects the microchip in the passport or smart card. The theory is that the Faraday cage will absorb the RF (Radio Frequency) microwaves coming from the RFID scanner/reading device. The effectiveness of the shield all depends on the frequency being used to the read the microchip.

Shielding Effectiveness

Shielding effectiveness depends on the frequency being used.

Low-frequency LowFID tags, like those used in implantable devices for humans and pets, are relatively resistant to shielding though thick metal foil will prevent most reads.

High frequency HighFID tags (13.56 MHz—smart cards and access badges) are sensitive to shielding and are difficult to read when within a few centimeters of a metal surface.

UHF Ultra-HighFID tags (pallets and cartons) are difficult to read when placed within a few millimeters of a metal surface, although their read range is actually increased when they are spaced 2–4 cm (1 – 2 inch) from a metal surface due to positive reinforcement of the reflected wave and the incident wave at the tag (microchip).

Improved methods of RFID shielding are now available with the development of an array of copper, silver, and stainless steel based woven fabrics. Uses of these fabrics range from window screens, bed canopies to clothing and other garments, all designed to shield you from RF frequencies that may affect your health or what you are carrying on you.

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