Super Thin RFID Travel Security ID Wallet from ALL-ETT

Allett RFID Security ID Wallet

If you are looking for a little more security while you travel this wallet from ALL-ETT may be for you.  First, it is very thin and helps reduce wallet "bulge" which might attract pick-pockets.  Second, it is manufactured with an RFID protective alloy lining, which protects cards that have chips and other electronic features.  Allett Wallets sent me a sample to evaluate.  Here are my thoughts after one month of use.


  • Very thin and lightweight.
  • RFID lining secures electronic features of cards.
  • Black Napa leather feels nice in the hand.
  • Has one quick access card window.
  • Three quick access card slots.
  • Additional wider slot for multiple cards.
  • Two bill compartments.
  • Made In USA.

Possible CONS:

  • It is very thin.  I felt like I wasn't carrying my wallet because I didn't feel it in my pocket.  I quickly got used to this.
  • Due to the thin leather and fabric lining, I wonder about long term durablity.  After one month's use, I haven't seen any obvious wear.
  • The slots for bills are deep and bills can get lost inside.  I use one slot for small denomination bills and the other for larger.  But this deeper slot allows for Euros, and it helps hide my bills from prying eyes.  The depth is also handy for receipts.
  • $49.95 at   Buy It Now

This wallet is so thin and flexible, I had to cut it open and see what Allett Wallets calls the "RFID protective alloy lining".  In the photo below, you can see the layers that make up the exterior of the wallet.  First is the leather, then a sandwich with two layers of nylon fabric around a layer of woven metal fabric.  This metal mesh lining creates a Faraday cage that keeps radio waves from penetrating the wallet.

Foil lining in Allett RFID Security Wallet

This is just one of many thin wallets on the website.  They are all designed to be very thin and lightweight and are Made In USA.  If you found this review useful, then please support my site by purchasing this RFID Security Wallet or other Allett wallets via this link to   I make a small commission at no additional cost to you.  Your purchase supports future travel gadget reviews on the site.  

Thanks, Bruce MurrayOnTravel

Airport Searches of Laptops

airport secruity screening

A recent 51-page Privacy Impact Assessment supports the right of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to copy, download, retain or seize any content from laptops, cellphones or other electronic devices. Without giving any reason for the search or seizure. Read It.

Last months DHS Privacy Office report to Congress states that more than 144 million travelers were processed at US ports of entry between Oct 1st 2008 and May 5th 2009. Read It. Of those 1,947 electronic media searches took place. Of those 696 searches were of laptops. This could have been something as simple as turing on the unit to confirm it was indeed a working laptop and not a fake. Of those the officers conducted in-depth searches of 40 laptops. No description of what an in-depth search is, or how long they retained the equipment.

It should be noted that your equipment can currently be held for a maximum of 30 days. Officers must consult agency lawyers if they want to view a journalist's work-related data or a traveler's sensitive legal material or medical records.

Wi-Fi Users Beware, Signals can Travel

wireless laptop user

I know when your on the road, traveling in a new city, seeing an open Wi-FI hot spot after checking into a hotel room can seem like a lucky break.

But be very careful. You must understand that the free hot spot your tapped into may actually be a very "weak spot" when it comes to the security of your computer and personal information. They may also be able to sneak into your companies network on your coat tails.

You must understand that anything you do when connected to a public / Free Wi-Fi connection can be "viewed" by anyone within WiFi range of your computer. Think of it this way... If you using an open connection in pubic your basically SHOUTING your information across the room for anyone with another laptop to listen into. NOTE: if you using a corporate security/networking service you may be protected.

Two ways you can be hacked.... First is the Wi-Fi node you have attached onto titled "LocalFreeInternet", is actually set up as bait. The criminal becomes a "man in the middle" Everything you do on this connection will be monitored by a criminal waiting for you to type in personal information and data.

Second is while connected to a legitimate Hot-Spot run by a reliable company your Wi-Fi signal can be monitored. As you type away and send your date to the wireless router in your local coffee shop it is very possible that a creep in their car just outside is recording everything everyone in the shop is doing online.

Software is readily available to help hackers setup either of these two scenarios. Collecting credit card numbers, user id's and passwords. Tools are also available that might allow the hacker to take over your machine and mine your machine for data.

All this happens without your knowledge.....

The only real solution is a VPN, Virtual Private Network, which sets up a very secure "tunnel" effect between your laptop and a secured computer at, for example your office. When you type data into your laptop it is first scrambled and coded by your laptop and then sent over the open Wi-Fi airways. It then travels to the secure computer where your communication is decoded and processed as needed. Many companies require their employees to use such services when working via Wi-Fi connections.

wireless laptop user

How do you deal with this?

  • Stay off of wireless networks.  Use only hardwired Internet connections
  • Keep your computers operating system current.  Enable/install firewall, antivirus and antispyware software and turn on the auto update feature. I'm currently using ESet Smart Security on my laptop.
  • Do online-banking only while at home or on a hardwired connection you can trust.
  • If you use Wi-Fi at home, with security enabled, and make sure your home router has a unique SSID name.  Don't use the default name like LINKSYS.  Also don't use an SSID that identifies you like MURRAYWIFI.
  • Turn off your laptops WiFi when your not using the Internet. You will also save battery life.

If you must use open Wi-Fi connections the only real solution is a reliable VPN service.  HotSpotVPN has been around for a while and they allow you to purchase their service for as little as one day at a time. Check out their service, it is the only one I would use.

UPDATE: Also check out Witopia's PersonalVPN

NOTE: These concerns also exist for Wi-Fi equipped cellphones. For additional information visit Wi-Fi Alliance and