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8 ways to protect your ID badge

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An ID card can be a great thing. It can easily showcase a person’s name and title while allowing them to access work spaces or secure information. But it can also be a liability, especially if an ID falls into the wrong hands. According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2019, 3.2 million people fell victim to identity theft. While credit card theft made up the majority of these cases, using one’s personal information, say name and title on an ID card, can still be a front door to opening a new account, taking out a loan, or a number of other miscellaneous types of fraud.

That’s why more and more people are looking for ways to protect their ID badges. Whether by means of a concealing holder or a more advanced obscuring device, the demand for protected badge tools is a growing concern. Fortunately, Specialist ID, a leader in the ID badge industry, has dozens of solutions to help people keep their IDs safe. In this guide we’ll look at 8 ways to protect your ID badge.

Hide and Conceal

If you’re looking to, in the words of Lord of the Rings wizard Gandalf, “Keep it secret. Keep it safe,” take a look at Specialist ID’s Witz Waterproof Surf Safe with Breakaway Lanyard and Carabiner. Basically a plastic pouch for your ID, this container doubles as a waterproof wallet, perfect for hiding and protecting an ID badge. For those who face inclement weather in their jobs, this protector works wonders and can be worn under clothing to hide it even further. 

Chip Protector

Smart card chips are becoming more popular as a means of providing personal identification, authentication, data storage, and application processing. But with that comes the concern of chip skimmers. Basically chip skimmers are devices that enable thieves to steal card data and, if they feel so inclined, use it for ill. SkimSAFE FIPS 201 RFID Blocking 2-Card ID Holder can prevent this. This two-card holder protects chips, blocking any unwanted communication with its FIPS 201 Approved SkimSAFE design, the ultimate badge holder peace of mind. 

Armed and Ready

Even with super strong plastic, a lanyard-laced badge holder can feel too exposed. Tucked under a shirt, it’s often still visible. For those who want to conceal their badge entirely while still keeping in on their person, there’s the Non-Reflective Orange Vertical Armband Badge Holder. The adjustable band can fit under or over clothing making it versatile for the wearer. Plus, multiple IDs slide into the top of the holder for secure and protected hold with easy access to be removed if necessary.

Obscure Solutions

Want your ID to only be visible when you say so? Then the only option is the Identity Stronghold IDSH1004-001B-002 Secure Badgeholder Classic. This Specialist ID tool is made of extremely durable polycarbonate that uses Our Squeeze to Read technology allowing the wearer to only make the ID visible when they squeeze tabs at the top. This decreases the risk of identity theft, invasion of privacy, tracking, or card cloning while keeping an ID badge secure and in a handsome holder. 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Basically a magnetic wallet, this sophisticated Magnetic Vertical Double Pocket Badge Holder from Specialist ID keeps IDs completely covered until the wearer wants to open the pocket and expose them. With space for two cards, this can hold a work ID and a driver’s license, credit card, or any other card item. And it won’t flop around in a pocket. The magnets ensure that magnetic cards are shielded and won’t move to avoid damaging/erasing the data on magnetically encoded badges.

Frosted For Your Safety

The Frosted Horizontal Rigid Plastic Card Dispenser with Red Extractor Slide is a great means of protection for two reasons:

1) Its rigid frosted plastic keeps cards safe and obscured and

2) Its slide mechanism allows the user to pull out an ID card at a moment’s notice. 

Float On

Sometimes protecting an ID is all about making sure it doesn’t get damaged. That’s where Specialist ID’s Black EK Guardian ID Badge Holder with Detachable Lanyard comes in. Not only is this badge holder made of impact resistant plastic, it’s hung on a nylon rope, is water resistant, and floats.

It’s Electric

How about this for ID security: an electromagnetically opaque sleeve. That’s what the Identity Stronghold IDSH3004-001B Secure Badgeholder Flex is made of. Electronic pickpockets will come up short if they try to scan this badge. It was designed specifically to protect wearers from vandalism, corporate espionage, and theft. 

Whether you’re protecting important chip data or your own identity, these tools can help keep an ID secure at all times.

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