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Credit card RFID theft protection is as simple as an ‘on’ button

University researchers from the Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering have created an effective solution to curb credit card RFID and NFC theft, and it's as simple as pressing a button. Researchers from the Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering are building a credit card “switch” allowing for the card to turn “on” and “off.” Upon applying contact with a specified area on the credit card, whether hidden behind a logo or emblem, the switch would complete the circuit and switch the card “on.” In the absence of contact, “The RFID or NFC credit card is disabled if left in a pocket or lying on a surface and unreadable by thieves using portable scanners,” professor Marlin Mickle explains.

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