'OFF Pocket' Promises to Keep Government from Tracking Your Phone

August 6, 2013 -

Worried about the NSA or the FBI snooping your favorite mobile device? Well then, this Kickstarter (thanks TechCrunch) for OFF Pocket is right up your alley. Off Pocket is described by its creators as a water-resistant metal-fabric pouch specifically designed to hold a smartphone and block all types of wireless signals. From their perspective, when you are out and about with your phone it is basically serving as a mobile tracking device for anyone that is smart enough to follow cellular, wi-fi, or GPS signals. The OFF Pocket has a shielding score of over 100dB for frequencies between 800MHz and 2.4GHz, according to its creators.

The Kickstarter campaign seeks $35,000 in funding to get the second-generation of this product to market - which should be sometime in late September for backers. Currently the campaign has raised over $23,900 with 22 days more to go.

Other products from AH Products include thermal-signature reduction fashion (to hide from drones), CV Dazzle (to avoid facial recognition technology), and Camoflash (anti-paparazzi fashion accessory).

You can learn more about the company's nifty fashions at ahprojects.com.

Source: TechCrunch


Comments

Re: 'OFF Pocket' Promises to Keep Government from Tracking ...

Worried about privacy?  Don't get a phone, a land line, an internet connection.  Buy a bunker get survivalist training, and go hide out if it makes you feel secure.  But I totally think they should advertise this on Fox News, they'll sell millions of them.  And what's better, when pollsters call, they'll never get through, so all the polling data will get skewed.  That ought to make for an interesting election.

Re: 'OFF Pocket' Promises to Keep Government from Tracking ...

Kiss your battery life goodbye as your phone desperately struggles to get a signal.  Oh, and receiving phone calls.  If this seems like a good idea to you, are you sure you should even have a cellphone?

Re: 'OFF Pocket' Promises to Keep Government from Tracking ...

Couldn't you just turn off your phone... Since it's useless in the pocket anyway, why not save the battery .... ?

Re: 'OFF Pocket' Promises to Keep Government from Tracking ...

Some phones has the "feature" that allow them even when turned off transmit whatever their microphone is picking up.

Some can do that even without the battery (using the internal memory battery).

 

Edward Snowden when he was accepting reporters in Hong Kong asked them to remove batteries and put their phones inside the fridge, several reporters got confused, and then he explained about this (ie: that NSA can use even turned off phones to spy you).

--- MaurĂ­cio Gomes twitter.com/agfgames

Re: 'OFF Pocket' Promises to Keep Government from Tracking ...

The NSA isn't the only one whose used this function, either. It has been used for tracking stolen cell phones (though in many countries carriers have realized that since even stolen phones need to have service it's more profitable to leave them in the wild), and some 911 centers can use it to monitor an accident site until responders arrive.

Re: 'OFF Pocket' Promises to Keep Government from Tracking ...

So it's a holder... for your phone.. that stops you from being able to receive phone calls?

 
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