The Tinfoil Wallet Brigade

October 3, 2008


Earlier this year, I posted about the RFID scam— the RFID is a tiny little data chip that stores information and sends off that information via radio waves. You need a special “reader” to grab the data wirelessly and read the information. Credit card companies, banks, and governments (for passports) are starting to add these RFID chips, saying it’s for our “security.” What a bunch of bunk Any crook can buy one of these readers at eBay! So much for security!

I am NOT happy with my cards promiscuously transmitting my data to every goofball with an RFID reader. I’ve had identity theft and it isn’t pretty.

So of course I’m elated to learn that a simple metal wallet will keep those readers from grabbing your data! Heh heh heh!!! The wallets are stainless steel, and they are PRICEY– about $100. Yow. See more at the geek site, Wired. So I came up with a little idea– why not wrap your wallet in tin foil? It would do the same thing. Actually, you can do this with your cell phone, too.

In your cell phone, there’s a small SIM card that is not supposed to transmit data or your conversations when you shut off your phone. But the government has a feature that can turn the microphone on, even when you have shut off your phone. Yes, it’s true! Look it up if you don’t believe me. There was a big court case here in New York, because the government was caught spying and listening to a mobster’s conversations when his cell was off.

So if you don’t care to have the FBI listening in on your conversations (and want to keep Grandma’s Secret Recipe a real secret), wrap it up in tin foil.

I just love geeks. lol.


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7 Responses to “The Tinfoil Wallet Brigade”

  1. alicia Says:

    yikes, now I am really paranoid. LOL


  2. akaGaGa Says:

    Well, I’ve finally gotten around to checking out all your blogs. I don’t know how you and Herky do it! I have all I can do to keep up with one!

    In honor of this event, I have created a new blogroll called “My Blogger Buddies.” I’m putting all of them in!

    I missed the court case you mentioned above. Give me a clue so I can find it? This stuff really ticks me off. I spend many late night hours trying to figure out how to make myself disappear in this country, and it ain’t easy. Who knew that all I needed was tinfoil? šŸ™‚

  3. melody Says:

    this really true? golly,i guess ill talk to my husband and tell him about this. i wonder if they spy on the predident? or other politicians,lol

  4. Rebecca Says:

    akaGaGa, you can read about the court case here

    Kinda scary. I’m more afraid of the government than crooks.

  5. Penny Raine Says:

    does the foil really work? I know a very imaginitive young man who can make anything out of duct tape and we have several wallets he has made, we could have the foil put in as a layer. Do you know that it works? hhmm, gettin scary out tere isn’t it?

    blessings, Penny Raine


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