Word of the Week: NFC

NFC is a three letter acronym (TLA) that stands for Near Field Communication.

It’s a form of contactless communication between devices like smartphones or tablets. Contactless communication allows a user to wave the smartphone over a NFC compatible device to send information without needing to touch the devices together or go through multiple steps setting up a connection.

NFC is very cool. And, it works pretty well. For example – we’ve been using a smartwatch to pay for items at gas stations and stores. Much more convenient, and arguably more secure, than pulling out a credit card every time.

Reminder: Nothing is 100% secure. There are a few concerns. Some of them are listed here: http://nearfieldcommunication.org/nfc-security.html

While there are concerns about every form of payment, so far, NFC has been great. It’s relatively easy to set up and use, and even though the US is woefully behind the EU and other places when it comes to NFC-enabled terminals (don’t even get us started on how the US lags behind most of the rest of the world with broadband, either)… NFC looks like it’s here to stay, and it’s worth using.

Just be smart, protect your devices, and enjoy this technology.


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