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  • RFID Blocking and Protection Against Identity Theft

    RFID Blocking

    Technology is growing fast and though we enjoy the conveniences these advancements bring, we rarely understand some of the consequences associated with them.  Take for example the fact that some of the credit cards, bank cards, and ID cards that you carry everyday have, embedded into them, a small computer chip with a radio antenna which is constantly transmitting your account and personal information out to the world.  This transmission is happening whether the card is in use or just sitting in your wallet.  You may not have known about this but there are identity thieves that know this all too well.


    The information can be skimmed without you ever taking the card from your pocket.  With some basic electronic skimming equipment, about $100 online, and a laptop, these criminals can swipe and store this transmitted information and use the stolen information to create counterfeit cards, charging large sums of money to your name.  Many banks have built in security codes, which changes with every transaction, so even if a crook were to steal your information they would only be able to charge one transaction before the card would be useless.  But for many people one transaction can wipeout their entire savings.  In this case, the built-in protection by the banks may be too little too late.  Identity theft is also on the rise.  Many states and businesses have been issuing new age updated driver's licenses and identification cards which can be swiped as well.  This can be a frustrating, extensive, time consuming and possibly a financially damaging type of theft.  Personal information can be used to open new credit cards, apply for loans, or steal your identity or for many other nefarious reasons.  Keeping your personal information safe is very important.


    There are some things you can do to help secure your cards.  Wallets are now being made with RFID, or radio frequency identification chip, blocking.  These types of wallets are made with a built-in cage or shield.  These cages are woven into the walls of the wallets and help trap the radio transmissions inside the wallet.  This tech makes it incredibly difficult for anyone to swipe your information from you.  Not all wallets are built with the same techniques or standards but they are definitely an added element of protection.

  • Spinnaker Material Wallets

    People never leave without their wallets.  The wallet is the protector and organizer of some of our most important daily items; driver's licenses, work IDs, ATM cards, credit cards, receipts, change, and, from time to time, paper money.  The wallet is an important and essential tool but, it is not without its liabilities.  We have a propensity to horde things we don't actually need and carry these things with us to places they don't need to go.  Our wallets can quickly become inundated with ATM records, daily receipts, small bits of information scribbled down, or business cards.  As the day goes on, our wallets grow.  A large thick wallet sits heavy in the pocket and daily discomfort can be really aggravating.  For some, collecting daily transactions may be unavoidable but, even if you can cut the junk, a thin wallet is a great place to start.  Not all wallets are created equal.  Wallets span a wide array of sizes and pocket footprints.  Finding the right wallet may start with the material.

    Material can play a big role in determining the size of your wallet.  Cases and money clips have low profile but are typically made from metals which can be hard in pocket, dig-in to your legs when sitting, or scratch your cell phone face.  Leather is a classic but many leather wallets are thick, stiff, and heavy, doing little to lessen their impact.

    Behold, spinnaker cloth.  New ultra thin wallets are being created with spinnaker cloth, and this may be exactly what you need for a thin, strong, lightweight wallet, with a very small pocket footprint.

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    Spinnaker cloth refers to Nylon material used for the spinnaker sails on sailboats.  This Nylon material is very strong, very thin, lightweight, and has a light sheen.  Spinnaker cloth has a high elongation rating, which means it will give a bit.  This flexibility can be great when the extra stuff starts to accumulate.  The material will give when it needs to but return to its original shape, free of wrinkles and creases, once the extra baggage is removed.  Spinnaker material makes the wallet extremely resistant to abrasion damage.  This type of nylon is very durable and can take lots of use without showing wear.  Because this material was originally designed for sailboats, it is water resistant and washable.  This resilience makes the continued care very easy.  Spinnaker material has a high heat-setting which makes it resistant to melting, sun damage, and weathering, and has an inherently high colorfastness, or, less color fading.  The best part is you don't have to trade the feel for strength. This is an especially important point when considering that we at All-Ett have been making Spinnaker cloth wallets for 18 years now.  Our type of Spinnaker, dubbed SoftTech Nylon, is an extremely light, rip-stop material that can make it through anything.  Our SoftTech Nylon is stitched with a cross pattern that allows it to be resistant to tears and highly durable.

    Spinnaker cloth, such as our SoftTech Nylon, is flexible and soft to the touch, making it enjoyable to carry around and handle.   Nylon is man made so if you don't like skinning cows for leather this can be a great animal-friendly alternative!

  • Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Wallet Organised

    Allett

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