Today I saw a TV commercial touting the benefits of
anti-RFID wallet. They talked about how crooks can
nearby and "skim" the data from all your RFID-enabled
money cards and later use that to drain your accounts --
bragged that the crooks wouldn't be able to do it if your
cards were protected by their wallet.
Except, during the commercial they showed someone
removing a card from the wallet, to put into an ATM.
Well, obviously, *during* the time the card was in-
the wallet and the ATM, the data can be skimmed from
card! So, what good is the wallet, if crooks know when
data will be vulnerable?
Which is where this Idea comes into play. Imagine a
curtain-like flexible metal-mesh screen (like fine jewelry
chain) surrounding the place where your hands interact
with the ATM (or other device where you want that
to read your money card).
You lift the mesh enough to put your whole wallet and
hands into the interaction zone. The mesh is loose
and long enough to be tucked like cloth all around your
wrists or fore-arms. And the holes in the mesh let you
see what you are
doing in the interaction zone (but the holes are too small
for radio waves to get through to a money-card
Inside the mesh-protected interaction zone, you *now*
open your anti-RFID wallet and and remove and use your
money card, and when done you put the card back into
wallet, before removing your hands and wallet from the
interaction zone. The plans of any skimmer-equipped
crooks have been nicely meshed-up.