RFID Protected Purses for Women
Most people and travellers will probably be familiar enough with the dangers of RFID fraud. There are ways of protecting yourself against that, and an RFID protected purse is one of those methods.
Understanding RFID Security Concerns
RFID stands for radio frequency identification, and it surrounds us all in so many things in today's technological world. When you travel it is on your passport, your credit and debit cards and in our non-travelling life, it is in many other items.
RFID is a form of an electronic tag, which is either attached or implanted into an item. That means the details can be quickly read using radio waves. It makes it a fast service for the airports. In simple terms, they can read the information without actually touching your passport, or boarding pass.
Like anything else though thieves and crooks will always try to take advantage of such a loop hole. If you are familiar with bar codes and QR codes, then an RFID tag is a similar type of tagging system.
Credit Cards and RFID
RFID came to the fore with the introduction of contactless payments. The banks started to issue cards that could be tapped on top of payment machines, without needing to insert them and key in pin numbers. At the moment there is a £20 limit on those.
People are quite rightly concerned about their cards and passports being read by attackers intent on gathering their information, and committing fraud. That is why manufacturers came up with the idea of RFID protected purses, passport cases and card holders.
These work by having a metallic material in them that simply block the radio waves from scanners. In this article we discuss the best RFID protected wallets for men.
Top Rated RFID Purses
Just below we have included what we believe to be the highest rated and best value RFID protected purses for women
No 1 Choice - SENDEFN Ladies RFID Purse
This is a very fashionable purse available in a wide variety of colours including dark purple, yellow, navy blue, wind red, blue, pink, etc
It is made of premium leather and a high quality cloth interior
In terms of size it is 7.48 '' x 3.93 '' * x 1.18''
It can hold up to 20 credit/store cards, has 3 receipt slots and a zipped pocket for coins
It has high grade RFID blocking which blocks RFID signals and protects important information and data saved on RFID chips
Buyers say the purse is very well made, soft and stylish and the wide range of colours is excellent especially the peacock blue.
They also said this is excellent vale for money and gives them great peace of mid when traveling on trains or on holidays.
Check Amazon UK - Average UK Price £24
No 2 Choice - SENDEFN Small RFID Purse
This is a smaller RFID purse from the same brand as our number one choice. This one is also available in 8 colours
Holds up to 12 credit cards and also has a cash strap for notes
It measures 5.12'' x 3.94 '' x 0.79 so smaller than the first one on our list
There are still 8 card slots, 2 photo windows, a zipped coin pocket and one receipt holder
This purse is made from cow hide leather and does feel very soft according to the large number of online UK buyers. Buyers describe it as being a very well made stylish compact purse with the added protection of RFID theft prevention.
Check Amazon UK - Average UK Price £18
No 3 Choice - FT FUNTOR PU Leather Wallet
Known as a long purse, you can see from the one on the left that it is certainly stylish
It measures 7.48"L x 3.70"W x 0.82"D
This is a soft leather purse with a snap closure and comes in 27 different colours
It can hold up to 10 credit cards, has a clear plastic ID slot, 3 cash compartments, and a zipped section
The purse is long enough to hold an iPhone 7 plus/6plus/7/6s/6/5s/
This purse is popular as it has a wide range of colours, looks very stylish and is also one of the most affordable on the UK market.
Check Amazon UK - Average UK Price £15
No 4 Choice - ANDOILT Women's Purse RFID Blocking Credit Card Holder
This one comes in a variety of colours (11 of them)
It is small and compact and measures 7.87 x 4 x 0.9 inches
It will hold iPhones up to the iPhone 11
It is made from cowhide which has been oiled and waxed
The card slots are equipped with advanced RFID SECURE Technology,
It has up to 17 card slots, and ID holder and 2 zipper pockets.
Check Amazon UK - Average UK Price £24
How do RFID Purses Work?
Newly issued credit cards and passports all have very thin chips in them. The purpose of that is to help speed up transactions when you are using these cards. "Tap to Pay" is an example of an RFID chip in action.
While that does make life easier, it also comes with a security risk.
These small RFID chips do contain your personal information and account details.
Sadly there are thieves around who can all too easily buy a handheld scanner. If they get close enough to you (up to 10 feet) they can use these scanners to read the information on your cards. This is known as "identity theft."
The people most vulnerable to this are travellers who are in busy airports, coffee shops, trains etc
To counteract this from happening, an RFID purses blocks any signals from these handheld scanners, and as such prevents the thief from stealing your personal details.
RFID protection covers the 10MHz to 3000MHz range. This includes the 13.56 MHz in which credit cards operate.
There are any number of these RFID purses available on the UK market, and they are becoming more and more popular. We have picked out some of the best shown above, at what we think are affordable and sensible prices.