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Pickpocket-proof jeans protect against cyber theft

Betabrand and Norton Antivirus teamed up to create this high-tech garment.


Marisa Kabas


Posted on Dec 17, 2014   Updated on May 29, 2021, 11:14 pm CDT

Pickpocket-proof jeans. Try saying that three times fast.

No, it’s not some sort of high-tech chastity belt, but a new version of Betabrand’s popular READY activewear jeans will prevent thieves from digitally stealing radio frequency identification (RFID) tagged passports or any type of contactless payment cards from the comforts of your trouser pockets.

This futuristic-sounding garment will be available for purchase in February, and came to fruition thanks to a partnership between e-retailer Betabrand and antivirus software company Norton. 

READY Jeans Protected by Norton

READY Jeans Protected by Norton


According to a video from Betabrand, RFIDs can be stolen from up to 30 feet away, making it possible for identity thieves to go completely undetected. But the front two pockets of these new pants are lined with material than shields your credit cards and other sensitive items within from theft.

The READY Jeans Protected by Norton will retail for about $150 per pair, a small price to pay when you consider how often you wear jeans and how annoying it is to have your identity stolen. Right now they’re only made for men, but women can buy this smart activewear blazer, which also features pockets with the same technology.

Prepare to practice safe dressing.

Photo via Betabrand

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*First Published: Dec 17, 2014, 7:21 pm CST