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I heard it throught the grape vine
on October 2, 2013
Because it is time for me to renew my passport, my brother enlightened me to the whole RFID technology issue.
He freaked me out a little, and the more I researched on the internet, the more confused I became.
So by now, a third of what I've read says the data on the chip is encrypted, a third says it's not, and a third says it's crackable even though it IS encrypted.
Anyway, I came across a great press release about CARMick Products and this passport shield on the "Ultimate News" website, which sent me here.
Apparently, this company has been producing shielded holders for credit cards for some time now. I checked out their other product and read the reviews.
Between those reviews and the press release, I've decided to wait for the release of this product. Might as well protect my credit cards too.
It seems weird to assign "stars" to something I haven't purchased, so I'm going to go ahead and leave just four for now.
After I purchase these things and check them out, I'll come back and update this review as well as the number of stars I think it should have.
UPDATE as of 11/7/2013:
Here's what I did - I bought this set of sleeves. As expected Amazon quickly delivered them to my doorstep.
Then, I downloaded an app called NFCProxy. I read about it in Forbes. It can be used to hack credit card information if the card has an RFID chip in it.
Then I did a before / after test with my credit cards. And you know what, these sleeves worked GREAT!
Next, I tried to find a way to hack my passport. But so far, I can't seem to be able to find an app or a gadget that will do it.
Maybe it's too illegal for a publicly available method.
So for now, I am going to bump the "stars-rating" up to a 5, and assume that they are just as effective for passports as they are for credit cards. Maybe I'll keep looking for a way to test them, maybe I won't. But if I find one, I'll come back here and report.
As far as sleeves go. They're fine. Thin enough to allow the credit cards and passports to still fit in the wallet/bag I use for carrying them around. And they're made of a pretty tough material. It feels like it will last a while.
I wish they were a little more attractive, though. Maybe a cool design instead of a GINORMOUS logo.
The bottom line is this: As far as I can tell, they do what they are supposed to do. I'm no spy or hacker, but I tested this CARMick product and I'm satisfied.
I'm probably going to get a few more sets as gifts for people I feel "obligated" to buy presents for this Christmas (like clients). The way I see it, it's not that "cool" of a present, but they will remember me every time they use their credit card. LOL!