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Tag Archives: Privacy

Cover Your Laptop’s Camera, Protect Your Privacy with CameraBadge

CameraBadge

You never know who’s watching you at any given moment. We’re not talking about strangers or the dude beside you at the coffee shop. Rather, we’re talking about folks who’ve hacked into the camera of your laptop, tablet, or phone.

You can load up more anti-virus programs on your device–and you can get a couple of these CameraBadges for good measure. The CameraBadge is a set of vinyl stickers designed by Etsy maker nilsellis1 that are just the right size to cover the cameras on your mobile devices. They’re available in several designs– Aperture, Analogue, and Cronkite– and they look way better than the usual tape and paper you usually stick over the cameras.

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Anti Tagging App Glitches Your Face Out So You Can’t Be Tagged

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How many times has social media screwed up your work and personal life? From that drunken night you can’t remember anymore to someone’s bachelor party, there are just some things that are best kept private. Unfortunately, there’s Facebook and their face recognition algorithm that makes it easier for people to tag other people in their photos, making some supposedly-private moments public.

You won’t be able to prevent others from doing this in the future, but you can make a statement with Anti Tagging. It’s an app that detects people’s faces in photos–and glitches them out so no system can recognize them, much alone tag them. Continue Reading

Nope Privacy Shield: Covers Your Camera, Protects Your Privacy

Nope Privacy Shield

You never know who’s watching you right now. They might not be there physically, but they could be watching your every move. How? Through your laptop’s camera. It’s been known to happen, and merely covering your laptop or tablet’s camera with tape and a piece of paper just won’t cut it because it’s bound to fall off after a while. Plus, tape looks tacky.

The solution? The Nope Privacy Shield. It’s a pair of magnets, with one going over your camera and the other positioned on the other side. Once in place, Nope doesn’t budge and it’s simplistic design looks good, too. The coolest part is the fact that Nope partially levitates on your screen, so it doesn’t touch your device at all.

Nope is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $5 will get you one of your very own.

[ Nope Kickstarter ] VIA [ Gear Hungry ]

For the Unpicturables: Paparazzi Thwarting Reflective Visor

Paparazzi Thwarting Reflective Visor

 

So this is the paparazzi-thwarting reflective visor. It makes life a living hell for paparazzi because they’ll never be able to take a proper photo of you when you’ve got this on. You probably won’t have much need for this if you aren’t a celebrity, though. Come to think of it, we’re not even sure an actual celebrity would wear it because it’s not exactly fashionable or attractive. But if you care more about your privacy than making a fashion statement, then you should definitely get one of these.

The visors are available from Hammacher for $49.95.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ The Green Head ]

FirstCall Chair is an Uber Comfortable and Private Phone Booth

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If you find yourself scooting to the farthest end of the couch or leaving the room to take or make calls just to get some privacy, then you’ll like the idea behind FirstCall. It’s a cushy, comfortable chair that’s shaped like a giant telephone, which is pretty appropriate considering it was designed and made to let people converse on the phone in peace and with privacy.

The cool part is how the top of the chair obscures the person’s face and sort of makes the seat feel more like a booth of sorts.

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Hide Prized Possessions (And Sleep On ‘Em) With the Privacy Pillow

Privacy Pillow

 

Do you have stuff that you don’t want anyone else to see? Whether it’s your diary or a secret video or an engagement ring, no place is ever safe enough–especially when you know other people might snoop while you’re snoozing. A worthy alternative to getting a safe? The Privacy Pillow.

It’s an uber-comfortable pillow that has a secret compartment on the inside that can fit an assortment of stuff. Stash whatever you want into the leather compartment, close the clasp, and sleep on it. Just make sure not to let anyone else sleep on your pillow, else they might poke around and notice that there’s more to it than just cotton and down.

The Privacy Pillow is available online for $29.95.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Green Head ]

Blackphone To Be First Cellphone To Focus On Privacy

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It may be 2014, but it sure feels like 1984. With the NSA snooping on every phone call and keeping track of your every move, privacy is at the forefront of a lot of minds. Which sounds like the time is ripe for Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone to introduce the Blackphone, the “world’s first smartphone to put privacy and control ahead of everything else.” Featuring an Android-based OS, a “top performing” processor, and a modem that will be unlocked and compatible with any GSM network, the phone is sure to appeal to those who haven’t completely given up on the notion of privacy. It’ll run “a skin called ‘PrivatOS’ that will allow you to make and receive secure phone calls and text messages, store files securely and browse the web privately through an anonymous VPN.” It’s being revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, though the price hasn’t been announced yet.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Now People Can Send Self-Destructing Messages with SecretInk

Secretink

I’m sure you’ve heard of Snapchat by now and what it does. It’s an app that lets users send text, photos, and videos that are viewable to the intended recipient for a limited time. At this point, you’ll more or less know what SecretInk is all about since it’s being dubbed as the Snapchat of email.

The service was recently launched by PowerInbox, who wanted to fill the void that was left when other encrypted email providers like Silent Circle and Lavabot chose to fold rather than wait for the NSA to come after them. SecretInk can be used with Gmail and other web-based email services via PowerInbox’s add-on.

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Slater Lounge is an All-in-One Privacy Pod While You Wait for Your Flight

Slater Airport

Airports are usually hubs of activity in every direction you turn. From harried travelers pushing over-filled trolleys to screaming kids at the check-in line, airports aren’t exactly places where you can get some peace and quiet while you’re waiting for your flight.

Designer Uriel Serrano aims to change that with the Slater airport lounge. It’s still a concept for now, but it’s basically an all-in-one privacy pod that gives passengers their own little private space while they wait.

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