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Tag Archives: Security

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.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

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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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Gratuitous: Special Barrier Obliterates Truck

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You’re looking at a specially built barrier stopping a truck. That much is obvious. What you may not know is that it’s developed by Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute, under contract by the US State Department and it has only one purpose: to stop explosive-laden trucks travelling up to 50mph dead in their tracks. As you can see, it’s quite effective at that. The idea is to place it in front of high-value targets, like embassies. And as you can probably imagine, survival of the occupants wasn’t part of the engineering equation. Considering they’re hurling themselves at a building in order to blow it up anyway, it would have been silly to even care about this.

There’s no word on where or even if this barrier will ever be deployed, but just knowing it exists can inspire a little bit of confidence that embassies could eventually be protected from the kind of attacks that killed over 200 people in 1998.

[ Texas Tribune ] VIA [ Jalopnik ]

Silent Beacon Lets You Call For Help When You Need It

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You can think of the Silent Beacon as a panic button of sorts that you can take with you. It’s a small, handy gadget that looks like a control for your car’s alarm or something, but don’t let looks deceive you, because it can do much more. First of all, it’s a GPS tracker so it can show your current location when there’s an emergency or if you simply want someone to know where you currently are.

When it’s pushed, the Silent Beacon can be programmed to send an email or SMS to the people on your emergency contacts list. It will also patch a call to 911 and send along your location so you can get assistance in a timely manner.

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Every Traveler Needs One: Travel Door Stop Alarm

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Traveling on a budget shouldn’t mean having to compromise your security. Unfortunately, going for the cheaper hotel sometimes means outdated locks or alarm systems. Although this isn’t always the case, it’s better to be safe than to be sorry, and that’s where this handy dandy travel door stop alarm comes in.

It’s a portable alarm that you can jam under the door for some extra security. If or when someone attempts to enter your room, it will emit a 120-db alarm to let you (and the whole building) know that there’s an intruder at the door.

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Functional Decoy: Security Camera Birdfeeder

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The Security Camera Birdfeeder lets you be nice to birds and have something hanging outside your home to deter criminals and hoodlums from attempting to do something that they shouldn’t. Granted, it obviously doesn’t look real during the day, but only the foolish (or the most foolishly daring) would choose to attempt a break-in in broad daylight.

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Hide Stuff and Keep ‘Em Safe with TanSafe

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Sun, sand, sea, and… thieves?

Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all your stuff when you’re at the beach, with so many distractions and all. It’s easy pickings for anyone with unscrupulous intentions if you just lay your stuff by your towel or umbrella while you get a tan, read a book or heck, even go for a swim. What you need is the TanSafe. While it’s not 100% fool proof, this stash box disguised as a bottle of suntan lotion might help you keep your stuff more secure.

It’s pretty obscure and people won’t really think twice about it because who doesn’t have suntan when they’re at the beach, right? It has a watertight seal so the stuff inside stays dry, and it’s spacious enough to hold your cash, cards, keys, and even your phone.

It’s available online for $14.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Cheezburger ]

Put On a New Face: Personal Surveillance Identity Prosthetic

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Cameras and facial recognition systems are everywhere, even in places where you least expect them. Some people are all for it for the sake of security, while others feel like it’s an invasion of their privacy. If you agree with the latter, never going out–and hence, never showing your face in public again–isn’t a viable option. So instead you’re stuck with alternatives like Urme Surveillance’s identity prosthetic mask that literally lets you wear someone else’s face. Unfortunately, it does make you look a bit creepy in the process.

Other options include a paper mask (which are beyond obvious, but they will still hide your face from cameras) and the video facial encryptor, which covers your face with another one when you’re streaming video or when you’re making a video call.

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Crypto Stick Replaces Passwords With a Flash Drive

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Writing down passwords to folders filled with confidential files or stuff that you’d want to keep a secret is a bad idea. But at the same, most people feel like they have no choice because memorizing passwords for hundreds different folders is no easy task. Cue the Crypto Stick, which is essentially the next-generation flash drives that come with added security.

The device is currently being beta tested. It takes security to a higher level, with decryption being done on the device itself. Hidden volumes are also accepted. To access your data, you’ll have to key in a pin and you’ll be able to access the files within.

The beta version of the Crypto Stick is available online for about $205.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geek ]