Facebook privacy settings are constantly changing. Seemingly innocuous apps require access to your location in order to work. Incoming calls and messages are funneled into your mobile device non-stop. And if you’re interesting enough, the NSA might be watching your every move.
The easiest way to get some instant privacy in this always-connected world might be to put your phone in this pouch. The Scottevest Blackout Pocket is a Faraday cage disguised as a pencil case, and it’s available in three different “strengths.”
Assuming it works as advertised, the $30 “Level 2″ Blackout Pocket will prevent you from being tracked and constantly distracted by your mobile device. The pouch, which is lined with a RFID-blocking material, supposedly prevents your phone’s cellular and GPS antennas from interacting with the outside world. It basically blankets your mobile device in an invisibility cloak.
If your digital paranoia is limited to worrying about someone skimming personal info off your RFID-enabled credit card or electronic passport, cracking its encryption, then stealing your identity and/or spending your money, the $15 Level 1 Blackout Pocket should do the trick. This pouch protects the RFID chips found in many bank cards, key cards, and RFID-equipped passports from being read wirelessly. The Level 2 Blackout Pocket offers both RFID protection and cellular/GPS signal-blocking.
There’s also a third level of the Blackout Pocket, which was originally exclusively for “law enforcement, government, and specialist organizations,” according to the Scottevest site, but it now open to the public while supplies last.