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Onion Pi Could Help You Remain Anonymous On The Internet

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Worried about all the NSA spying? You’re a law abiding citizen but are incensed that your browsing habits are being recorded and analyzed, in possible violation of your constitutional rights? There are ways to make that tracking more difficult (though, fair warning, possibly not impossible) with the DIY project pictured above. It’s called the Onion Pi, uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB WiFi adapter and access to TOR to give you access to potentially anonymous surfing.

Browse anonymously anywhere you go with the Onion Pi Tor proxy. This is fun weekend project that uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB WiFi adapter and Ethernet cable to create a small, low-power and portable privacy Pi. Using it is easy-as-pie. First, plug the Ethernet cable into any Internet provider in your home, work, hotel or conference/event. Next, power up the Pi with the micro USB cable to your laptop or to the wall adapter. The Pi will boot up and create a new secure wireless access point called Onion Pi. Connecting to that access point will automatically route any web browsing from your computer through the anonymizing Tor network.

The link below brings you to a page that sells a pack with all the parts you need for the project. It’s $95, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Tor foundation. But yeah, you still have to put it together yourself.

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Unlock Your Doors With a Touch or a Virtual Key With UniKey

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People lock themselves out of their houses more often than you think. Being locked out of your very own home sucks and it’s a huge waste of time. There’s the matter of calling your roommate and asking him to bring the spare key; calling the super to let you in; or worse, climbing in through a window and having your neighbors sic the police on you because they thought you were a burglar.

With all this in mind, maybe it’s time we used something else to secure our homes. Of course, we’d still need a physical lock. But as far as keys go, Kwikset is setting out to change things up on this end with the UniKey.

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Interlock Bike Lock Actually Works, Is A Great Idea

Anyone that cycles will tell you: carrying a lock everywhere is essential, but cumbersome. The Interlock system aims to solve that problem by stuffing a long cable and lock within a specially designed seat post. Once you need to secure your bike, simply pull it out of the post and wrap it around the bike frame and an external object (like a bike rack). You can attach the cable in several different manners, some of which make it impossible to steal your post, or rear wheel. You can even combine the Interlock cable with a regular U-lock to render your ride extra secure. Any bike can be retrofitted with this system in a manner of minutes; you simply have to replace your old seat post with this one. The cable is pretty long, although we have no details on the strength of the materials. Sure, this won’t work for those that are extra paranoid about theft, or competitive cyclists who think that a carbon fiber post actually makes a difference. But for the casual to moderate cyclist looking for a convenient way to secure their bike, this is pretty decent. It’s $39 on pre-order at Kickstarter, and the project is halfway to being funded.

Hit the jump for a video of it in action, as well as a few more pictures and links.

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Cut-Resistant Fabric Could Help You Keep Your Skin In One Piece

If your line of work has you traveling to places where knife wielding miscreants may want to harm you, you’d be well advised to look into PPSS’s line of cut resistant clothing. Made from a new fabric called Cut-Tex® PRO, these garments protect you from a surprising level of knife slashes. They apparently exceed strict ISO standards for such things (we didn’t know these existed, to be honest), and will keep you intact possibly long enough for you to either get away or reach for a sidearm. Keep in mind that there are two important words here: resistant and slashes. This means they are not completely impossible to cut, so if you want to test them by hugging a running chainsaw, you’re gonna have a bad time. And if someone stabs at you (as opposed to a slash)… well, tough luck. The knife will likely go inside of you, maybe with some of the clothing wrapped around it. Still, some protection is better than no protection, and PPSS has seen success selling these garments outside of the personal security industry, focusing on the flat glass, sheet metal, and automotive field where workers can get cut on a regular basis. To give you an idea of the price, a sweater is said to run around $315.

Hit the jump for a terrible video of the fabric in action, plus links.

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Here’s A Security System That Does Absolutely No Securing

Most security systems/alarms do a very specific job: they detect forceful entry, sound an alarm, and contact the authorities. Yet, despite their existence, thieves are still plying their trade almost completely unhindered; it really doesn’t take a whole lot of time to smash a window, grab some things, and run. The LaserScan security system takes a different approach to the issue: deterrence. The system itself doesn’t do a thing. It doesn’t contact a security central, the cops or anyone. It doesn’t even detect unauthorized entry. All it does is look really menacing by projecting a set of moving laser beams all around the inside of your home. Seen from the outside, it looks to the robber like he’s not up against your run of the mill security system, but some kind of weird Hollywood-like setup. Will he be trapped inside? Gassed? Zapped? Who knows?! Better try the next house over. And a theft not attempted, is a theft not accomplished.

It’s $200 and we quite frankly believe it a better option that traditional systems out there. Until word gets out and the thieving community catches on. So, the ideal would be a combination of both: a deterring laser system that actually works. There’s a hole in the market here, folks…

Video and links, as always, after the jump.

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RewardTag Helps Retrieve Your Lost Gadgets With The Promise Of A Reward

Losing stuff sucks, especially when it’s a high priced gadget. Granted there will be times when the loss is really a theft, but whether the object’s disappearance is accidental or not, the RewardTag just might help tilt the scales your way and ensure you get it back. It’s a simple sticker that you place on whatever object you want to protect. When it’s in someone else’s hands, they’ll have the option to visit a website, enter the unique identifier code and see what reward is offered for the device’s safe return. It’s up to you to set how much you want to offer and depending on that, you may just convince someone to put the item in the mail and send it your way. You can also enter a personal message, pleading your case. Sure, this may not convince a thief who stands to make a good chunk of change by just selling it on the black market and who can’t be sure he’ll get paid if he in fact sends it in. But for a good soul that finds a legitimately lost item, a $50 or whatever might just encourage them to make the trek to the post office.

RewardTag is currently in the funding phase at IndieGogo and… has a long way to go. But at $5 a tag or 3 for $10 it’s not that expensive to get in on the action.

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This iPhone Case Doubles As A Stun Gun

By David Ponce

It’s sad to say that crime is pretty rampant worldwide, but it is especially so in the US. And while carrying a stun gun around with you may not do much if you’re faced with someone with an actual gun, there are many situations where it can tip the balance your way. The YellowJacket is an iPhone 4S case that also pulls double duty as a 650,000V stun gun. Simply activating it will generate a loud and visible spark across the two terminals and could serve as a deterrent to the casual assailant. Should they get closer to you, touching them with the tip of the case will incapacitate even a large male, giving you time to run away to safety. Yes, the case is pretty bulky, but on the bright side if you know you’re not going to be in any potentially dangerous situations, you can flip a switch and provide up to 20 additional hours of battery to your phone. There are safety features built in to prevent accidental discharges too, so you don’t have to worry about hurting yourself with it.

It’s currently a project on IndieGogo, and a $100 pledge will get you yours. You should of course check not only your local laws for the legality of carrying something like this, but also inquire into specific places you visit, like airports or some venues, which might not allow them.

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Hey, Lets Put A Touchscreen On Our Locks, Because Touchscreen

By David Ponce

Master Lock’s dialSpeed electronic combination padlock looks pretty darn futuristic. It’s got a touch sensitive screen, few cryin’ out loud! Is there something wrong with current combination padlocks? No of course not, but hey, we’re living in 2012 and flying cars are on the way. The way you unlock the dialSpeed is by entering a series of center-up/down, center-left/right swipes. But it’s pretty hard to remember something like “up, up, down, up, left, right, up” so each arrow is matched with a set of letters. You’re then free to create your own mnemonic acronym. Other features include the ability to set up to 3 guest combinations, and to retrieve your lost key from some website. It runs off a CR 2032 battery which should keep it ticking for about 5 years. When it runs low, an indicator tells you its time to change it, though the presence of electronics does mean the dialSpeed is an indoors-only device. Rounding out the specs is a boron-carbide shackle, which we’re told is pretty tough to cut.

It’s $25. Not bad for a padlock from the future.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

That Shiny New BMW Of Yours? Yeah… Turns Out It’s Pretty Easy To Steal

By David Ponce

The newer generations of BMW’s have keys that would appear to make theft pretty hard to accomplish. There’s really no way to start the car without them, and since they’re encoded right at the dealership (with blanks sent over from Germany), no one but you has access to them. The encryption is strong, so they can’t be hacked… and yet… Turns out that some enterprising thieves have found a way to steal a new BMW in less than 90 seconds. The ways this is done is by purchasing a key encoder, which is sold on the black market in some parts of Europe for $8,000 or thereabouts. They then smash the driver’s side window and attach this encoder from the outside to the ODB-II port, which is not password protected. It appears that the cars’ alarm system has a blind spot right in front of the ODB-II port, so sticking your arm inside doesn’t seem to trigger anything. From there it’s just a matter of programming a blank (which the miscreants also appear to be able to acquire, although an old fob can also be reprogrammed) and leaving with the car, making use of their newly minted keyfob. This seems to affect every BMW, from the 1-series to the X6.

BMW’s official response? “Yeah, we know about this. And guess what, it’s a problem all premium, luxury cars face. (Not in those actual words.)” So, uh, looks like BMW won’t do much for you. Maybe keep a dog next to your car at night?

Anyway, hit the jump for a video of a car being stolen using this method, and another of a key being programmed with one of the illicit encoders.

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