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Metal-Wrapped Wallet Protects Against ID Theft

In the past, fearing that hackers could lift personal info from your passport or wallet using antennas would probably make you seem a bit mentally unsound. Today, however, you could very well be right – and now you can buy a metal-lined wallet to protect yourself.

Now available from lifestyle design company Kena Kai, DateSafe wallets are designed with a metalized nylon that disrupts the transmission of radio frequency identification, or RFID. This technology, now used in passports, credit cards, electronic toll passes, building access cards, and more, transmits information that is processed by a scanner so you don't have to physical swipe anything through a machine. With the right antenna and software, a thief could steal your personal information without you knowing. Even security experts have recommended wrapping your passports in tin foil, just to be safe.

Kena Kai claims that hackers will only get smarter, so why not buy one? They're made of leather, weigh the same as a normal wallet, and come in a variety of functional and stylish designs, so you'll look good while protecting yourself.

Then again, these wallets run from $80 to $225, so tin foil, though not as fashionable, is a much cheaper alternative.

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