The acronym “RFID” refers to radio-frequency identification, the use of electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track digital data. Think of an RFID tag as an “intelligent” bar code that doesn’t announce itself with a large block of black lines. It makes using credit cards easier but could also, potentially, leave your data exposed even when your cards are stashed in your wallet.
The idea that RFID data could be vulnerable at all times has given rise to an array of “RFID-blocking” devices and, yes, even wallets. And they combine style and security—for men or women—while still giving you digital peace of mind.
Durable And Stylish
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A slim, metal wallet may not seem practical, but if you open your mind from the traditional wallet you’ll find a lot to like here. The aluminum-plated construction is designed to block even the most sophisticated RFID chip readers, and it can hold up to 12 credit cards without stretching. Cash can be carried on the integrated money clip. It’s durable, and so thin you’ll likely spend the first few days checking your back pocket in a panic thinking you lost your wallet. But it’s there—and as an added bonus, not having a thick wad of leather in your pocket helps avoid wear marks on your favorite pants.
Multiple Color Choices
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As you can tell by its name, the Dango wants to offer you security without being, well, ugly. Available in sleek, aerospace-grade aluminum and top grain leather in a variety of color styles, the “Dapper” can also hold up to 12 cards at once, and features durable riveting and the same comfortable “fold” feel of a traditional wallet. The cash strap on the exterior also feels sturdy and substantial, while helping you avoid the bulk of old wallets. Full RFID protection included, of course.
If You’ve Got A Lot Of Cards
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It’s not as radical a wallet redesign as the men’s offerings, but this Lavemi clutch is a great marriage of practicality and innovation. Made of 100 percent real leather in an array of colors, the wallet has 14 credit card slots, an ID window, a zippered change pocket, a pen loop, and a wristlet strap. It looks every bit the stylish “normal” wallet, but offers full RFID protection. It’s also large enough to accommodate a smartphone and a passport. If you’re not ready to completely ditch the “traditional” wallet but still want to up your protection level, this is the way to go.