A typical reading range of NFC is up to 5 cm (~2 in), although the range can be increased when using high-powered NFC readers with large antennas and Type 5 NFC tags. The limited range of NFC contrasts with the extended range of UHF RFID, which can read UHF RFID tags from over 20 meters. The short range is an intentional design to enhance security, as it requires close physical proximity for communication, thereby reducing the risk of unauthorized interception or data eavesdropping. This proximity requirement makes NFC ideal for secure applications like contactless payment transactions and personal data exchange. Moreover, the limited range facilitates a quick connection establishment, as no complex pairing or setup is needed, making NFC highly user-friendly for everyday applications like contactless payments, interaction with NFC tags and fast data transfers between devices.