New law requires all border crossers including U.S. citizens to have a Passport when entering the country, which includes Canada and Mexico borders. With that requirement, new scanning technology has been integrated into new passports including Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Now more than ever it is essential to protect your personal data from unauthorized access.
Fortunately there is a solution. Mobile Edge released two new ID Sentry wallets that block out unauthorized RFID access. Reports have emerged of new ways thieves are attacking unsuspecting credit card and Passport holders stealing their confidential information and credit card numbers without being detected due to the misuse of RFID technology.
As recently reported in the New York Times, there is a growing concern about the potential security and privacy holes in the new generation of credit cards using RFID technology. With tens of millions of cards already issued, “equipment for their use is showing up at a growing number of locations,” the article revealed. Additionally, U.S. passports now contain the new RFID chip. Would be thieves are able to scan a user’s social security number and other personal information completely undetected.
As reported from the Associated Press on January 31, 2008.
TUCSON, Ariz. — New rules for the types of identification U.S. or Canadian citizens must present to cross into the country shouldn’t cause significant delays and won’t be strictly enforced at first, a senior federal official said.
Under the rules going into effect Thursday, people will no longer be allowed to simply declare to immigration officers at border crossings that they are citizens, Jayson Ahern, deputy commissioner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said Tuesday. Instead, those 19 and older will have to show proof of citizenship — a passport, trusted traveler card or a birth certificate and government-issued ID such as a driver’s license.
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