No doubt you have seen, as I have, on the TV news, reports about the risks we run every day with, in our wallets, cards which
have embedded RFID chips. More and more cards nowadays have those chips in them whether you can see them or not. RFID, of
course, stands for Radio Frequency Identification.
Some people feel confident with a wallet made with protection built in to block signals from such cards to readers carried by unscrupulous people. Some cards can be read from quite a long distance, even when the reader is not within sight of the card-carrying victim.
To protect myself I searched the web for ideas and did find help. I made one wallet; did not like the result and made a second.
My latest one is exactly what I need.
While I *believe* my latest wallet protects me, I have not yet been able to confirm or guarantee it. If you can suggest a way for me to confirm it, please let me know.
Meanwhile, this is my latest version. I made it to hold "quite a few" cards and in such a way that they cannot slide out accidentally. Plus, I made it as thin as possible, and use heavy duty (0.023mm) aluminum foil and grey duct tape.
These are my notes on how I made my favorite wallet; I hope you can use these notes to make one for yourself and PROTECT YOURSELF!
- duct tape
- 0.023mm gauge aluminum foil
- very sharp box cutter
- something with a right-angle
- lay a piece of foil 18 x 23 cm on your work-surface
- lay a strip of duct-tape across the width of the foil
- lay a second strip across the foil covering the "bottom half" of the first strip
- continue laying strips of tape until the foil is completely covered
- this will take 7 strips of tape
- measure out a rectangle of 15 x 20 cm
- trim the edges off
- fold it lengthways like this and tape the ends shut; foil-side INSIDE
- this is the "Main Part" and you can lay it aside for now
- take a piece of foil 14 x 15 cm
- cover it with tape just as you did in step 1 above
- mark a rectangle on it, 13 x 14 cm
- take the 13 x 14 cm piece and fold it so that it now measures 13 x7 cm
- fold that around HALF of the cards you are going to carry in this wallet
- set this on another piece of tape and tape one side shut
- trim off the tape
- note how wide the cards are in the new sleeve and mark the sleeve where it needs trimming
- trim the new sleeve to fit the width of the cards
- set this on another piece of tape and tape the opposite side shut
- trim off the tape
Repeat steps 6 and 7 with the second 13 x 14 cm piece. Trim off any left - over. You now have 3 pockets; one for your dollar bills "Long Green" and two for your credit cards. You will probably find that the cards tend to stick to the tape which is not covered by foil; you can rub your fingers on that sticky surface to make them less sticky, or slip four tiny strips of paper over the sticky parts. Dusty fingers should work well.
- lay the two small pockets, with the cards still in them, on top of the long pocket as you see here
- cut a strip of tape long enough to go around the back and over the top, holding the two small pockets in place
- Finally, load your new safe wallet with loot/mammon/cash and you are on your way.
- You can flip the two card pockets off to the sides, and in the large exposed are, you can write a message to anyone who finds your wallet, should be be so unfortunate as to lose it.
And if you want to make a wallet for your KINDLE e-book reader, see the thread the forum at http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=124250.
One suggestion, if I may. I keep "quite a few" cards in my wallet but ONLY ONE credit card. Every "so often" I lay them all on the scanner and take a pic; then if I should lose my wallet, I'll know who to contact.ken