Electronic Passport – Is an Electronic Passport Safe to use?

QUESTION:   Am I safe as a frequent traveler that uses an electronic passport? Do this type of passport gets hack into easily? Can my information be compromise?

 

ANSWER:   The chips are noticeably more efficient for reasons including, ease of use, promptness, and security. The type of chip that is in the passport is an RFID chip. The passport is relatively secure from the theft of the passport holder’s identity. This is mainly because the chip comes with a protective sleeve. It protects the information that is on the chip from getting skim. Skimming type of way for someone to read information of an electronic chip and then use that information to steal ones identity. RFID chips are hard to skim. Because of that, passports are more difficult  of being forge or duplicate. The chips have gained popularity, and the passports with chips are rising with the upcoming years.

Furthermore, the passport card, as well as the Electronic Passport both have the RFID chips. This feature helps to protect the traveler if he or she loses the passport and someone tries to copy it. The RFID chip, allows a traveler to have the ability to utilize a “ready lane” at an airport when crossing borders. The ready lane has a machine to read the chip on your passport. The chip on the passport has information such as the traveler’s biographical information and passport photograph information. This means that when a traveler is traveling across a border, it is much quicker and easier for them to get through the long lines that are usually at airports for port entry into a country.

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