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What types of cards need protection?

What card types will the Identity Stronghold's Secure Badgeholder®, Secure Sleeve® and Secure Wallet ™ products shield and protect?

There are two basic types of cards: Cards with 13.56 Megahertz frequency chips and cards with 125 Kilohertz frequency chips.

  • Cards with 13.56 Mhz are primarily new debit and credit cards, passports, transit cards, hotel keys and new ID and access cards.
  • The 125 Khz chips are primarily used for ID and access cards and are typically older.

The patented Secure Badgeholder, Secure Sleeves and Secure Wallets, are designed to shield all 13.56Mhz contactless credit cards, passports, drivers licenses, ISO 14443A/B and EPC Gen1/Gen2 contactless smart cards; any contactless card that operates at 13.56 Mhz and above.

New Secure Badgeholders Classic and Flex with BloxProx now protect older cards with 125 Khz chips embedded. These new badge holders will also protect cards that include a secondary 125 Khz antenna added for backward compatibility as well as the new 13.56 Mhz interface. The 13.56 Mhz interface is generally the only one with personal data.

All Holders Shield These Types of Cards:

  • All new contactless credit cards and debit cards
  • US Passport Cards
  • Enhanced Driver's Licenses such as Washington, Michigan, New York, Vermont, and Canadian provinces.
  • Many transit cards such as the DC Metro and Boston Charlie™ card
  • TWIC™ (Transportation Worker Identification Credential)
  • HID iClass, HID MIFARE®, HID FlexSmart, DESFire
  • Indala FlexSmart
  • Any card ISO 14443A/B or ISO 15693 compatible
  • All MIFARE® and DESFire compatible cards
  • sQuid cards used in Europe
  • Military CAC (Common Acess Cards)
  • New Government PIV (Personal Identity Verification) cards such as the Linc-Pass
  • New long range RFID EPC Gen1/Gen2 cards

NEW!! Secure Badgeholders Classic and Flex with Blox Prox now protect these cards.

  • Older "prox" cards, HID 125 khz. Includes: ProxCard II, ISOProx II, DuoProx II, Smart ISOProx II, Smart DuoProxII, ProxCard Plus
  • Indala FlexISO, FLexCard, FLex Tag (Call for information as we are working on a special version.)

How Our Products Work

Secure Sleeve®, Secure Badgeholder®, and Secure Wallet™ products create an RFID shield by blocking the electromagnetic energy necessary to power and communicate with contactless credit cards, debit cards, smart cards, passports, enhanced drivers licenses (EDLs), TWIC, PIV, CAC and transit cards.

This is essential to total security because although most contactless smart card systems implement industry-standard security mechanisms, readers can be modified to access information without authorization.

Credit card readers can be easily purchased that will read the credit account number, expiration date, and in some cases even the name off your new RFID-enabled credit or debit card. These readers can easily be concealed by electronic pickpockets so that someone could walk through a crowd, ride on a subway, elevator, or other crowded area and steal nearby credit card information without the card holder ever knowing it happened.

The credit card company’s response is that you don't have the 3 digit code so you can't do anything with the information. That is incorrect however, as many telephone order merchants don't ask for the 3 digit code. Also, information scanned from a smart card can be placed on any magnetic stripe card and used to make a purchase as demonstrated in many news videos.

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