Parkers’ favourite RFID and Faraday pouches for key fobs

Combat against the threat of keyless car theft with this brilliantly simple technology.

Car key fob

by Chris Williams |

Isn’t it wonderful that when high-tech problems emerge, they can frequently be solved by a simple solution? That idea is perfectly encapsulated by the fictitious story about the American space pen and the humble pencil.

These days, cars have gone keyless and, so too, have car thefts. An increasingly common form of car theft involves a pair of criminals using relay signals that mimic those that come from key fobs to unlock and start cars. The brilliant thing is that the solution simply involves keeping your key fob in a protective Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), signal-blocking pouch or box. No signal, no keyless car theft.

How does an RFID or Faraday pouch work?

RFID pouches and Faraday bags work by incorporating certain materials such as copper or aluminium foil into the bag or pouch. A layer of aluminium foil, for example, blocks all signals to wireless devices being kept inside them – phone networks, 5G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, everything. Consequently, key fobs and other devices are kept safe inside and no relay signal can be produced.

Our top tip in recommending the best RFID and Faraday products are not to be sucked into the ‘I’m not paying an extra £5 for one that looks the same as the cheap ones’ trick. We’ve found the super-budget ones aren’t always consistent in blocking signals, unlike those that come from established, recognised brands. If it keeps your £30,000 car safe, only a fool would complain about an extra few pounds.

Disklabs Key Shield

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Disklabs Key Shield
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Disklabs is a British company that specializes in Faraday bags. Its products are made in the UK and carry the enviable distinction of being approved by Secured by Design; the official police recognition initiative for security products.

Disklok RFID Key Pouch

Disklok RFID Key Pouch

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Disklok is another British company which produces products like steering wheel locks. Now, of course, it makes a Faraday pouch too and it's super. It's nice and small at 140mm x 95mm to house any key fob and is fitted with a handy carabiner clip.

Stoplock RFID Pouch

Stoplock RFID Pouch
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Stoplock are one of the big names in UK for analogue car security accessories such as steering wheel locks. Its RFID key pouch is a budget-friendly way to keep thieves at bay if they ever attempt a relay attack on your keyless car. Read all about relay attacks and RFID protection here.

Defender RFID Pouch

Defender RFID Pouch
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From UK company Solon Security, this pouch is also Secured by Design approved and even has a selection of colours to choose from. A very similar product to the Stoplock pouch.

MONOJOY RFID Box

MONOJOY RFID Box
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For use at home, a signal-blocking box is a far more practical option that looks better too. This pleasant but subtle RFID box is made from soft PU leather and is large enough to hold up to eight key fobs, which makes it ideal for home use.

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