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Tag Archives: Privacy

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

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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

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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

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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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Visor Glasses Prevent Facial Detection to Protect Your Privacy

If you value your privacy, then you’re probably wary about surveillance or security systems that use facial recognition programs or snap pictures of passersby. They’re widely used these days, and you might’ve already resorted to wearing sunglasses to protect your privacy. However, sunglasses alone won’t be enough to prevent detection on facial recognition systems.

For that, you’d probably need something like these privacy visors that were developed by Japan’s National Institute of Informatics.

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Worried Mannequins In Store Windows Are Looking At You? They Could Be

Once the realm of the paranoid, fantasies about being spied upon by the mannequins in store windows has recently turned into a privacy-encroaching reality. The Italian mannequin maker Almax SpA makes a product called EyeSee, which is a mannequin with a camera embedded in one of its eyes. It watches the customers going through the store’s doors, feeds the data to facial-recognition software and analyses their characteristics to better target their service. For example, one store found that many shoppers that came in after 4 pm were Asian, so it assigned Chinese speaking staff at the entrance after that time.

Currently in use in three European countries as well as the US, it is deployed in stores like the Benetton Group, among others. And while the practice of using cameras to analyze customers’ appearances is not new, it was traditionally done from overhead cameras; Almax argues that the eye-level angles provide better data. Clearly the intentions are not nefarious and are aimed at providing a more tailored shopping experience, but the surreptitiousness of it has a few privacy critics alarmed. The question then becomes: should we still have a reasonable expectation of privacy while out shopping?

[ Bloomberg ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Worried About Being Snooped On? Here’s The Tinfoil Hat For Your Home

By David Ponce

You know, the thing about wireless network passwords is that they’re pretty darn secure. Provided you pick something other than “password” or anything equally inane, you’re not going to get hacked. But for some people, that’s just not enough. So some researchers at the Institut Polytechnique of Grenoble have developed a wallpaper that is able to block WiFi signals. It was developed in conjunction with the Centre Technique du Papier (The Technical Paper Center) and features a special pattern of geometric shapes traced in a conductive ink which contains silver particles. This design is effective at blocking some frequencies of electromagnetic radiation, namely that of typical WiFi signals. And if you don’t like the look of the designs, you can either paint it or cover it with your favourite flowered wallpaper or whatever it is you fancy. The rights to this products have been acquired by the Finnish company Ahlstrom and they wish to commercialize it by 2013 for roughly the same price as a regular wallpaper.

[ News Article (In French) ] VIA [ DVice ]

One Time Secret Helps With Privacy Fears

By David Ponce

If you have something so secret that your head might explode if someone gains access to it, then it’s probably a good idea to just keep it to yourself. But if you absolutely must share, a service like One Time Secret could help you sleep a little better at night.

When you send people passwords and private links via email or chat, there are copies of that information stored in many places. If you use a one-time link instead, the information persists for a single viewing which means it can’t be read by someone else later. This allows you to send sensitive information in a safe way knowing it’s seen by one person only. Think of it like a self-destructing message

Some might worry about search engines discovering the link and the data before it’s deleted.

We block benevolent crawlers with our robots.txt file and we take further measures to stop malicious ones as well. If you are really concerned, protect it with a passphrase that only you and the recipient know.

The service is available now.

[ One Time Secret ] VIA [ BookOfJoe ]