Metal wallets promise to protect your credit cards

You can protect your credit cards from skimmers but do you really need to?



From the Summer 2013 issue of the magazine.


Nowadays you can simply tap your credit card on a PayPass or PayWave terminal in a store to make your purchases. You don’t need to insert your card or type in your PIN—great news if you’re in a rush. The problem is thieves equipped with inexpensive portable card readers can siphon credit and debit details without you knowing. Should you invest in a metal wallet ($5 to $70) to block electronic pickpockets from getting your data?

Queen’s University technology professor David Skillicorn says metal wallets aren’t necessary. The cards transmit only partial data—not enough to make large purchases, replicate a card or steal your identity. If you’re concerned, simply wrapping a piece of tinfoil around your card will suffice, Skillicorn says.

2 comments on “Metal wallets promise to protect your credit cards

  1. Personally, I would rather err on the cautious side, we purchased wallets that block card skimming six months ago from Rogue Wallets in the US. We all know how easily tin foil tears, how could that possibly stop intrusion from card skimmers? Skimmers take absolutely no time, and leave no trace, you then would have to fight with the card companies to have unauthorized charges removed. No Thanks!!


  2. My credit card was cloned enough for someone to use my card in another province for a major purchase. About the time my card was cloned it also stopped working in the reader part of machines so I had to start swiping it. So it is very easy to get someones information and use it. Luckily the credit card company was on top of it right away and phoned me to confirm if this was my purchase. The heads up I believe though was I was using it that day in the province I live in.


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