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Armourcell Up to the Fight as Identity Theft Gains Ground in Australia

August 5, 2017 Technology No Comments Email Email

As identity theft becomes more prevalent in Australia, ARMOURCARD, an Australian company who patented its own micro jamming technology found in its Armourcard product has now added Armourcell to its arsenal. http://www.granmonte.com/Armourcell is designed to protect smartphones from being exploited through the Near Field Communicate (NFC) feature which is found on most of today’s modern smartphones. It effectively closes the backdoor to mobile devices allowing consumers to control when the NFC feature can be used, ensuring only the owner has control and not a hacker.

The move to empower smartphone users with the ability to protect personal information comes in response to a marked increase in identity theft scams seen in Australia. According to the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, the annual cost of identity crime in Australia is $2.2b. This includes the direct and indirect losses incurred by government agencies and individuals; and the cost of identity crimes recorded by police.

Tyler Harris, Founder and CEO at ARMOURCARD believes that as technology becomes more convenient, smartphones are becoming the new battleground for hackers and identity thieves.

“It is no longer money alone that’s sought after by criminals but data in the form of photographs, bank details, company information and more. As Australians rely on smartphones to go about their personal and professional transactions, data stored on those devices is the new gold and smartphones will reshape the modern battlefield in the form of identity theft.”

The same RFID technology that hackers were using to skim credit cards over the past few years is found in smartphones. Convenient services like ‘Tap and Go’ and ePassports have made data sharing simple and efficient but the technology is not without risk. The recent leak of the CIA’s Vault 7[1] exposed how vulnerable mobile devices are and how they can be exploited as spying tools.

“What many people don’t realise is that mobile phones can be penetrated through the NFC technology which is constantly on and emitting a signal. All it takes is for malicious code to be injected through the NFC feature on a smartphone and a hacker pushing out malicious RFID signal to a phone by the RFID chip, to get hold of passwords, photographs, and other personal information. This information can then be distributed or sold on the dark web, bringing unnecessary grief and anxiety to families and individuals. With Armourcell, we are providing smartphone users peace of mind and protecting their data from being compromised. As identity theft becomes more sophisticated, technologies need to evolve in lockstep to protect consumers,” said Harris.

Armourcell simply sticks to the back of a mobile phone and discharges a jamming frequency that does not allow other devices to link with the NFC signal emitted from mobile phones. This prevents any risk of hackers planting malware on a device jamming the NFC feature until you want to use it safely. Users can momentarily deactivate the signal jamming technology by simply holding down the button on the back of the Armourcell to complete a transaction or NFC action, giving users the benefit and convenience of NFC tap & go technology without the security risks this technology poses.

For more information on Armourcell, Armourcard, or to purchase your own device please visit: https://www.armourcard.com/

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