The Greyman-Technology Privacy Shopping Spree
You've been good this year. Treat yourself to some security-focused items this holiday season.
I’ve utilized a number of these items in my own personal technology landscape. I believe you will benefit from these purchases, None of these recommendations contain links to Amazon.
Faraday Sleeve for Phones from Silent Pocket
More and more businesses are tracking us through our mobile phones. When we enter their business, where we linger in specific aisles (heat map analytics), what we purchase (bluetooth connection to point-of-sale purchase timestamps), and more. Slipping your phone into this slim sleeve makes your phone undetected and untraceable to data-hungry retail shops and restaurants.
Sliding Webcam covers, 6 pack from NewEgg
Your webcam may be turned on without your awareness by software installed on your laptop, but you decide when your cam shows your pretty face…and the items around you.
Microphone blocker by Mic-Lock
If you still have a headphone jack on your mobile phone, or if you have newer phone with only a lightning port or a USB-C port, this will prevent the Adversary from using your microphone to listen in on you. Don’t forget to remove it when you make a phone call. :-)
PortaPow Data Blocker by RST Assured
This little go-between ensures your device is only charging, not inadvertently transferring data, from your device to a home or office PC. Eliminates the threat of potential hacking or upoading viruses to your device.
Camera Dots by StickerTalk
Selfies are so 2015. It’s time to start preventing the Adversary from taking a picture of you while you’re fiddling with your phone.
USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack cable by Belkin
Also available for phones with lightning connectors, this will plug your phone into your car stereo’s Auxiliary port, normally a traditional headphone jack. This is one more way to eliminate Bluetooth from your life, which is something most modern vehicle manufacturers utilize to grab data from your phone to store in their internal computer system and potentially upload to their servers.
May 2022 be a year where you take noticeable steps in reclaiming your privacy and grab more control of what information is being acquired from your devices.