Did you know that technology has advanced so much that a thief can steal your credit card information simply by standing near you? That’s right. If your credit or debit cards have RFID chips embedded in them (which allow you to tap to pay), then tech-savvy thieves can steal your card details just by using portable RFID readers.
To counter this worrying trend, you can now buy wallets that feature RFID-blocking technology that prevents reader device signals from penetrating your wallet – thus, keeping your contents secure.
Lifehack has handpicked the 10 best RFID-blocking wallets, and we’re confident that one (or more) of the wallets will perfectly match your requirements.
1. RFID Blocking Wallet for Men and Women
A classy, minimalist wallet, that will protect your credit cards, smart cards and driver’s licence information. The thin stainless steel metal will also protect the wallet’s contents against water damage – without spoiling your clothes.
RFID Blocking Wallet for Men and Women, $19.97
2. Access Denied Mens RFID Blocking Wallet Leather Bifold 11 Slot Secure Flip ID
This wallet is made with genuine leather, and is both elegant and durable. Its smooth, pebbled texture and embossed prints make for a neat and stylish design – perfect to carry anywhere. There are 11 card slots, including a center flip ID section, that allows quick access to frequently used cards such as photo IDs.
Access Denied Mens RFID Blocking Wallet Leather Bifold 11 Slot Secure Flip ID, $44.95
3. Mens RFID Blocking Wallet – Excellent Travel Billfold – Men’s Security Wallet
Features a unique military-grade shielding technology with proprietary blocking material. The wallet has a simple, clean, traditional billfold design, which includes nine card slots, one bill pocket (with full-size bill section), and ID window. Great value product.
Mens RFID Blocking Wallet – Excellent Travel Billfold – Men’s Security Wallet, $9.99
4. Front Pocket Wallet – RFID Slim Wallet with Money Clip Pocket Zipper 8 Credit Card Case Holders Leather RFID Blocking
A slim wallet that still has space for 15-20 business cards and at least 10 credit/debit cards. Holds cards securely so they don’t fall out of the wallet. Also has a handy zipper pocket for change and bills.
Front Pocket Wallet – RFID Slim Wallet with Money Clip Pocket Zipper 8 Credit Card Case Holders Leather RFID Blocking, $14.99
5. RFID Blocking Trifold Wallet for Men, Mens Security Wallet
Classic trifold wallet designed for men. Features six credit card slots and one side pocket. Despite its cheap price, this slim, pocket wallet could be just what you need.
RFID Blocking Trifold Wallet for Men, Mens Security Wallet, $8.99
6. Latest Stainless Steel RFID Blocking Credit Card Holder for Men & Women
The polished stainless steel cover is fingerprint-free. You can also expect effortless opening and closing using the easy-click button. (This latches securely when not in use.)
Latest Stainless Steel RFID Blocking Credit Card Holder for Men & Women, $11.99
7. Flipside Wallets New RFID Blocking Flipside 4 Wallet
This wallet is designed and manufactured in the USA. It’s constructed from high-strength polycarbonate and aircraft-grade aluminium alloy. Automatically locks itself shut on close, and flips itself open when the button is pushed down. It can hold up to 8 cards and 10 cash bills in its streamlined, easy-to-access slots and compartments.
Flipside Wallets New RFID Blocking Flipside 4 Wallet, $39.95
8. Sharkk® Aluminum Waterproof Wallet RFID Protected Aluma Wallet Rugged Water Resistant Wallet and Card Holder for Men & Women
The unique selling point about this wallet is that it is waterproof. Although not designed for cash, it can fit bills that have been folded several times. If you’re looking for a slim wallet that fits comfortably and easily into your pocket or purse – then this could be the one for you.
Sharkk® Aluminum Waterproof Wallet RFID Protected Aluma Wallet Rugged Water Resistant Wallet and Card Holder for Men & Women, $17.99
9. Woolet: The Slimmest Smart Wallet for the Modern Man
As well as protecting your card from RFID readers, this smart wallet uses miniature sensors to synchronize with your smartphone. This technology means that you get alerts from the wallet if you accidentally leave your phone behind. But it also works the other way too. If you leave your wallet behind, you’ll get alerts on your phone (via the dedicated app). So, it’s 2-in-1 protection, that should give you the ultimate peace of mind.
Woolet: The Slimmest Smart Wallet for the Modern Man, $99
10. Tumi Alpha Double Billfold
Tumi ID Lock™ is a proprietary technology incorporated into the design of this product that protects personal data encoded on most IDs. The wallet is well-built and classy. It also comes with a 2-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.
Tumi Alpha Double Billfold, $85
Having your credit card details stolen can be distressing – and even traumatic. That’s why it makes senses to protect your cards by using an RFID-blocking wallet.
Stay stylish, stay safe.