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    can purse magnets harm tablets and credit cards?

    Ok, I've done a ton of googling on this but there doesn't seem to be a real consensus. Not that I expect a consensus here either but it doesn't hurt to ask ...

    So. Once upon a time we warned to keep credit cards away from magnets. Then when smart phones, iPods, ereaders, and tablets came out, similar warnings.

    Most of my purses are magnet-free, but I just bought a new one for travelling and it has a couple. And I just got a new case/keyboard for my tablet, and it has some teeny tiny magnets in it too.

    Most of the info I've found online says that it would have to be a really powerful, rare-earth type magnet to do any damage to credit cards or anything electronic. But then you hear the odd anecdotal story about someone's fried cellphone or Kindle blamed on a magnet.

    I do keep my credit cards in a RFID-proof case so I'm hoping that will keep them safe from the little magnets as well. But should I be worried about my cell phone & tablet?

    Aaargh, I hate it when there's no definitive answer!

    TIA!

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    My only experience related to this was having a hotel room "key" get wiped clean by a magnet on my purse.
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    I've been using a clutch with magnets for about 2 months now and haven't had any issues with my credit cards.

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    Hotel room keys yes, can be messed up but not credit cards IMO.
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    My credit cards were all erased with a purse magnet..............very embarrassing. Since then I don't buy purses with magnets. It happened at the grocery check out, and all my cards including my bank card were wiped. I had to leave my groceries and go get cash to pay. I don't know about tablets or phones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    Hotel room keys yes, can be messed up but not credit cards IMO.
    That's not the first time I've heard that. I wonder why would hotel room keys be more vulnerable? They're both magnetic strips, no? Tho perhaps the credit card version has more layers or something -- the hotel keys get frequently rewritten after all so they have to be more "writable."

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarie View Post
    My credit cards were all erased with a purse magnet...............
    Really stoopid question but .... why are there magnets in purses? I don't think I have ever had a purse with a magnet in it? Of course, I buy cheap azzed purses at like Meijers and such, so maybe this is something in expensive purses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaileyCatts View Post
    Really stoopid question but .... why are there magnets in purses? I don't think I have ever had a purse with a magnet in it? Of course, I buy cheap azzed purses at like Meijers and such, so maybe this is something in expensive purses?
    Some flap closures are magnetic instead of snaps or zips or something else. It's definitely not an "expensive purse" thing, I've had them on cheap and mid-range purses.

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    Now I feel even more stoopid. But I only buy purses with zippers anyway so ......no, still stoopid.

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    Hmm I have a purse with magnets that I carry during conferences (not that often, maybe once every two months) and I use my iPad and hold my credit cards with it, and so far so good.

    iPad smart covers use magnets to turn the screen on and off, so in terms of iPads, it should be ok depending on the strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    iPad smart covers use magnets to turn the screen on and off, so in terms of iPads, it should be ok depending on the strength.
    I did some more reading and found out that the reason iPads are "safe" is that they use flash memory which isn't vulnerable to magnetism (as opposed to "disc" memory).

    I'm assuming my Android tablet is the same ... but I'll want to confirm that. Ditto my phone.

    I'm not super-worried, but it would really suck if everything stopped working while I was on holiday!

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    If there's no whirring in it, it isn't a physical drive where magnets would be a danger. I've put my dumb flip-phone and all kinds of Apple devices next to a magnetic tool bowl, and no ill effects.

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    Never had a problem with any magnets and credit cards/devices, but putting a hotel keycard next to my mobile phone wipes the keycard 90% of the time. Most of the time when i'm staying in hotels it's for work, so i have my personal mobile in one pocket and my work mobile in the other which leaves nowhere to put the room key that isn't next to a phone...it doesn't seem to matter that both phones are in cases either.

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    The difference is that keycards are reprogrammable, while credit cards are not. Keycards are much more susceptible to wiping.
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