RFID passport security for the rest of us

Signal-blocking wallet comes at a reasonable price.

Magellan's Travel Supplies

Here's the latest indication that RFID passports--and concerns about the security of the scannable information embedded in them--are going mainstream.

Until recently, passport pouches and wallets designed to block RFID signals from hackers have ranged from industrial-strength versions that resemble burlap sacks to Italian leather goods that go for $50 to $180. But now there's a reasonable compromise from Magellan's Travel Supplies, whose "RFID Blocking Passport Wallet" lists for $19.85. It may not be hand-crafted by European artisans, but it does claim to be top-quality leather.

Now if we can just find a way to secure the RFID signals in our " Nabaztag ," we might be able to get a decent night's sleep.

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