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Surveillance On the Sly: AC Adaptor Hidden Camera

AC Adaptor DVR – Hidden Camera

People often show their true colors when there’s no one else in the room. If you’re suspicious or feel that someone’s up to no good in your home or office, then you might want to set up a hidden camera within the vicinity. Clocks and plush toys stuffed with a hidden camera or a mic on the inside are pretty common– but a camera disguised as an AC adaptor? Not so.

To get it up and running, just pop in an SD card and plug it into an AC outlet. When it detects motion, the camera will automatically start recording. You can use an SD card up to 16 GB capacity, which should be more than enough to record 16 hours of video on average.

The AC Adaptor Hidden Camera is  available online for $200.

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Air Vent Safe Features RFID Lock

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If you have valuable stuff in your home, there’s a number of ways you can go about trying to keep it from the hands of would-be burglars. There are obvious safes, but these are typically a magnet for determined thieves, and then there’s the plain-sight approach, which might make some of you nervous. But what about an Air Vent Safe? This particular one comes with a set of RFID magnetic cards that, once hovered over a specific spot on the vent, will activate the locking mechanism and pop it open. There is no other way to tell this apart from a regular vent otherwise. It fits between two 16 inch center studs and instructions are included. It’s $219.

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Litelok Bike Lock Is Both Lightweight, And Sturdy

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Securing your bike in public is a delicate affair. Maybe you want to be super safe, but then you’ll have to carry really heavy U-locks. Or if you care about portability, you might sacrifice some safety. But the Litelok hopes to give you the best of both worlds. Created by one Professor Neil Barron, an industrial designer and entrepreneur with a background in Aeronautics and Astronautics, the flexible lock is made of a newly patented material called Boaflexicore®. It’s made of multiple layers of materials, where “each layer provides additional security, meaning it can withstand sustained attack from tools like cable cutters, bolt croppers and hacksaws.” It’s been tested to exceed “British and International lock quality standards and in-house testing has proven that it takes well over five minutes to cut or break the strap and lock.” It weighs under 1kg (2.2lbs), is 29 inches long, and the lock only requires a key when you’re unfastening it, meaning it takes less time to secure your bike. And its beefy appearance looks like it means business, potentially discouraging would-be thieves before they even try to cut it.

It’s yours for a £80 ($117 USD) pledge, with shipping in August.

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Deal Of The Day: 25% Off On Sesame 2 Wireless Auto-Lock for Mac

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Walking away from your laptop without locking your screen can have some unintended consequences, from the innocuous Facebook status hijack to the much more serious theft of personal information. It’s just good practice to lock it, but it’s easy to become distracted. With the Sesame 2 Wireless Auto-lock Keyfob for Mac, the minute you walk away the screen will lock and it will unlock as soon as you return. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 for low-power consumption, and you can set the distance at which it locks through a related application. Normally $39, it’s $29 with this deal.

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Deal Of The Day: 45% Off On Foscam Wireless Security Camera

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You can’t be home 24/7 to check on your baby or elderly folks, but you can check in with them remotely if you’ve got the Foscam Wireless Security Camera installed at home. It’s compact, it’s versatile, and it lets you access the video feed via an app whenever you feel the need to check on your loved ones.

The camera is equipped with a 1-megapixel sensor that records 1280 × 720p video resolution. It features two-way audio, IR lights for night vision, and is compatible with most mobile devices and PCs. It’s currently on sale for $86.99.

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SkyBell Doorbell: See Who’s At the Door Without Even Getting Up

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Sometimes, the doorbell rings at the worst moments– when you’re still in bed, in the shower, playing a video game, or watching a particularly interesting football match. It gets easier when you have Skybell, though. It’s a doorbell that functions as a virtual sentry of sorts by letting you see who’s at the door without even having to get up and open it.

Skybell hooks up to your WiFi connection so you can see who’s at the door by checking your phone. You’ll also be able to communicate with visitors through Skybell (and turn away salesmen) in the comforts of wherever you currently are when the bell rang. What’s more, you’ll get an alert on your mobile if it senses someone loitering by your door, even when they haven’t pressed the button.

It’s available online for $199.

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As Secure As Data Gets: Cryptex Combination Lock USB Drive

Mechanical Combination Lock USB Drive

You can encrypt the data on your USB– or you can protect your files the old-school way by using a combination lock. The concept isn’t exactly new (see this Combination Lock made specifically for flash drives released a few years back.) However, Cryptex is different in the sense that the USB drive itself is what’s protected by your code.

Cryptex is a special container which has mechanical combination lock (rotating rings with letters or digits), which people used hundreds years ago to keep secrets. Inside the cylinder there’s a container, where you can keep piece of paper with secret data.

Of course, the drive is rendered useless if you somehow forget the 5-digit combination you’ve set the lock to. It’s still awesome anyway. It’s available online for €35.90 (about $49.)

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Point Is An Alarm System That Doesn’t Watch, It Listens

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Many people rely on cameras for home security, and surely it’s a good idea. But it has its drawbacks as well, such as making you feel like you’re being constantly watched, even if it is by yourself. Point, from Scandinavian firm Form Devices (Scandinavian team, based in San Francisco, actually), tries to take a softer approach to home security by doing two things: listening and sensing the air. With these, it’s able to tell if a window has been broken, or if someone is smoking, or if the humidity suddenly went straight up (maybe a water pipe broke somewhere?), and notifies you immediately. It can keep track of your home’s temperature day round, so as well as keeping your home safe it can help save you some money on energy bills. Point is also entirely customizable, so you decide which events trigger a notification. It doesn’t require complex wiring, only a yearly change of batteries. It connects to your WiFi network, and once setup can be completely forgotten, until you need it, of course.

It’s a fully funded Kickstarter project, and a $79 will get you one. Shipping in July 2015.

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This Hard Drive Self-Destructs With A Text

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There are many reasons why you’d want to have ultra-secure hard drives, and most of these are legal. The Autothysis128t SSD drive from company SecureDrives features top of the line “256-bit AES CBC hardware level encryption and computer independent 2 factor authentication via a separate Token. The encryption engine is FIPS 140-2 level 3 certified.” We understood some of those words, at least enough to understand they’re quite well encrypted. But there’s more! The drive is GSM enabled, and should your stuff ever be compromised and end up in the hands of anyone hell-bent on getting to its contents, you can simply send an auto-destruct text to your drive. This will cause the data to physically fragment in an unrecoverable manner. Yes, it’s quite literally a self-destruct feature, which is also activated if the drive senses someone trying to tamper with the GSM module, or entering the security code too many times.

As a matter of fact, there are a number of optional triggers that can lead to destruction, including low battery levels or trying to remove the drive from its PC. It sure sounds like if you possess some super critical data that cannot, under any circumstances, be accessed by someone else, the Autothysis128t is as good as it gets. It’s also quite expensive, setting you back a cool £1,027.00 ($1,660USD, roughly) for the privilege. And that’s for 128GB of storage.

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