RFID-Blocking Jeans & Jacket Protects Against Identity Theft

You’ve heard of tinfoil hats? Now US online clothing company Betabrand has teamed up with Norton to bring you RFID-blocking jeans and a blazer, to protect against ID theft.

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Credit and debit cards are increasingly equipped with RFID or NFC technology for contactless payments, and the technology is also used in passports. However there is concern that RFID-equipped  credentials can be easily scanned surreptitiously by hackers for the purposes of fraud and identity theft.

The solution, according to this company, is radio-proof clothing. Both the jeans and the jacket are offered through a crowdfunding model: if they get enough orders they’ll make them. The men’s jeans are fully funded and the ladies’ blazer is 24% funded, although Betabrand doesn’t actually put a number on how many orders they’ve received.

To be honest, I can’t imagine either design will be in high demand. Wouldn’t a radio-proof wallet make more sense?

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