Miketmx - The RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) chip-enabled credit cards are NOT a more secure system of credit card protection! For about $50.00 or so, you can go online and by an RFID code reader, which enables the user to walk around any public place, like a mall or grocery store, and read the information stored on RFID chip-enabled cards. With the chip reader hooked up to a laptop for automatic storage of data, ALL the information stored on the chip can be stolen. I have seen this done twice by the same guy on two different TV shows, one a news show, and the other a current affairs type show. He was able to talk to people after stealing their information, and it was amazing what he was able to find out, and have confirmed by them, by just walking by with a chip reader and a computer.
There is a VERY easy, low tech fix, to this high tech problem. There are foil lined credit card envelopes available which block RFID transmissions, stopping anyone with nefarious intent from gathering your information. These are available from some banks and credit card companies. I got a whole bunch at a gun show for about $2.00. Any chip enabled document, like the new drivers licenses and pasports, are also subject to this kind of data theft, apparently, so be aware, and think of some preventative blocking measures.