RFID: the REAL Story





Introduction: RFID: the REAL Story

So, you're wondering about RFID you say? You've read things about its goods and bads, and supposed "facts". Well, I'd like to tell you the REAL story on RFID, not just a bunch of misinformed mumbo-jumbo. If you are one of the people spreading misinformation about RFID, please read along, and share with your friends what you find. But please know, that I am only stating not only FACTS, but also my own opinion on RFID. Everyone has their own thoughts, and i respect yours, so please respect mine.

Step 1: What Is RFID?

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification Device. Its a small coil/chip that can come in packages from tags, to small circles, even down to an 8x12mm chip. RFID chips are identified and read by a reciever, which then does whatever it's supposed to do when it reads that particular chip. It would be like me handing you a piece of paper with a 16-digit number on it, and noone has that same number. Very similar to a social security card.

Step 2: Myth 1: RFID Chips Can Be Tracked From Across the Room!!!!

Many RFID conspiracy theorists will tell you that an RFID chip can be read from across the room. This is true, however, they fail to mention that these are active RFID chips. Active RFID chips are similar to passive(the common kind), except that they require a battery, and are therefor much larger than passive chips.

Step 3: Myth 2: RFID Chips Will Contain All of Your Personal Information!!!

While it's true, RFID chips do store information, as I stated earlier, the only information they store is the particular identification number for that chip. So no, I'm sorry conspiracy theorists, RFID chips don't contain your financial and medical records for everyone to see.

Step 4: Myth 3: They Will Control Your Mind!!!

Hahahahaha!! This has to be one that makes me laugh the most. First of all, someone would have to figure out how to control someone's mind period. Then, for it to be practical, they would have to make it VERY small. And finally, it would have to be connected, at least, to your nervous system to have access to your brain. By the time that happens, there will be technology more advanced than RFID, at which point, I would probably start to get worried. But until then, I'm fine. "But you forgot to mention that your brain can be changed via waves of sound or energy!!!" says the conspiracy theorist living in a van down by the river(Chris Farley reference). Yes, your brain can be SLIGHTLY altered by changing your brainwaves with sound. And I will also admit that you could possibly get a clock, and another chip to fit on something small enough to fit ina needle to inject in someone in the next 10 years, but modifying brainwaves currently only works to a very dull effect; such as changing your mood(i.e. High, happy, mad, relaxed, etc.).

Well, thats really I've got for the moment. I do encourage anyone with any other facts(or myths) about RFID to say so in the comments. Ever notice how conspiracy theorists never show their sources? Please, show me your "proof" than any of these myths is true



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    Conspiracy theorists do not exist. There is sheep and non sheep.

    Great, well thought out "instructable" (RANT) from a 14 year old. It was already shown at defcon FIVE years ago (even BEFORE the lame rant was written) that RFID can and often DO pose a great security risk. Nobody EVER said they can "control your mind". I'm pretty sure you made that up in your own mind.

    When RFID chips are embedded in your car tires (like each one having it's very own SSI# rather you like it or not), it's a little scary. It's already been shown that the "fast pass" toll readers aren't the only places they're being read. They're also being used for "traffic control" (ie stalking purposes) all over the place.

    Imagine a world where Target is sending you spam for tons of baby shower stuff because they knew you were pregnant before your family did. Now, imagine TARGET gets HACKED and everyone else knows too. Guess what? ALREADY HAPPENED ;)

    Imagine schools where your forced to wear your RFID chip all day, every day so they they use them to monitor your every movement... even while you use the bathroom. ALREADY HAPPENING.

    Take a look around the place. RFID can and ARE being hacked like crazy. GO FIGURE! Anyone can pick up they're very own RFID reader for $30 bucks. People have been hacking them more than Rasberry Pi! And you don't HAVE to read them from across the room, just have one placed next to a doorway where everyone comes and goes. Eazy Peazy baby!

    Be sure to keep that PASSPORT of yours hidden, you crazy conspiracy theorists... everyone with their head in the sand is secure.

    Would kind of be common sense to see that having tracking devices attached to you all the time may be a slight invasion of privacy and serious security risk. Too bad there are so many people who lack common sense.

    So the REAL story is, this "inscrutable" was a complete and total FAIL on every level. The only thing it was trying to "instruct" readers to do was DUMMY UP and stick their heads in the sand when it came to their own privacy and security. It was all proven false before it was even written. It's even worse now.

    And I am being as "nice" as possible. I'm definitely being CONSTRUCTIVE. It's kind of like telling people to "not worry" about leaving their IDs on the dashboards of their cars with the doors unlocked. Only a "paranoid conspiracy theorist" would be worried about stuff like that! Like there's a "conspiracy" where people go around trying to steal your personal info and sell it for money or something!

    I mean, what reason would a company try to gather Intel on you? I can't figure it out and anyone who thinks they can must be paranoid or whatever...

    Read up on RFID. Educate yourself on the serious security risks of this developing tech and cover your own butt Just like putting a firewall or anitvirus on your PC, it's not "paranoia", it's just common sense.

    always the same story of conspiracy. haha mind control, very good joke.

    ok.....your wrong thats just an attiny with an rf transmitter so basically it has a receiveing pair ...and it cannot be worked out with rfid reader!!!

    so let me get this straight,you have a monopoly on 'THE TRUTH' and everyone else is a whacky 'conspiracy theorist' Hmmmm some how I'm not at all convinced.Sorry.

    RFID labels are really a fourth dimention gate. They call the aliens to come and conquer the planet and raping our mothers, sisters and daughters (maybe we men receive some too)

    certainly sounds like you have

    Uuuhuhh...So you mean to say they come to rape our crops and burn our women? wait...

    Very well said! I could not agree with you more!These conspiracy theorists have their facts all mixed up and like to stirr up things that is non existing.Thanks for the info.

    sorry but which 'conspiracy theorist' say this?I've never heard anyone come out with the rather paranoid scenarios that the author listed and why all of a sudden does anything certain people believe in become a 'conspiracy theory' as if just uttering that vastly over used miss understood phrase somehow proves a point, it does not. I have however read about real concerns people have about rfid which are indeed fact. they are potentially incredibly open for miss use by a state against its people,why do you have a problem admitting that fact? Whats your agenda?