Are you looking to protect your privacy and devices from tech-savvy thieves?
Data and car theft are real concerns, and many claim that Faraday bags block thieves from accessing your private information. But do Faraday bags work? And is there enough proof to give you peace of mind? Let's find out.
The Faraday bag, similar to a Faraday cage, is a simple shielding device. Faraday bags protect your valuables from being stolen by storing them inside a metal mesh enclosure. This protective bag blocks all incoming wireless signals, including cellular, GPS, RFID/NFC, Bluetooth, Wifi, wireless, EMF radiation, electromagnetic pulse (EMP), and solar flares.
The principle of the Faraday bag is to prevent radio frequencies from escaping, leaving you untraceable, untrackable, and unhackable.
Faraday bags are designed to shield your electronic devices fromelectromagnetic radiation used to alter your data or track your device. A Faraday bag is a fabric or leather sleeve lined with metal mesh used toblock all signals, including electromagnetic radiation. When radio signals or an electric field come into contact with the bag, the signal is grounded and cannot pass through to the device or the person carrying the Faraday sleeve.
You might be wondering, "Do Faraday bags really work?" We called upon Emmanuel Ladsous, retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Founder of Delta 7 Group, to check the signal-blocking capabilities of the SLNT® Faraday Phone Sleeve.
To perform these tests, Private Investigator Ladsous uses a spectrum analyzer that measures radiofrequency (RF) energy. What we want to determine is whether or not RF energy can escape from the bag.
There are four Faraday security tests: Bluetooth, Wi-fi, RF, and cellular.
For the first test, we connect the Bluetooth module in the phone with a Bluetooth speaker. While connected to the speaker, we're able to play music. Hearing music from the speaker means the phone is linked to the speaker over Bluetooth.
Once the cell phone is inside the SLNT® sleeve, the music stops, and the Bluetooth link instantly disappears, demonstrating that the Faraday sleeve has successfully blocked Bluetooth signals.
We perform this test with two cell phones; one is inside the sleeve, and one is outside the sleeve. One phone connects to the hub, and the other is inside the sleeve, attempting to connect to the hub.
Using this network analyzer, we can see that the enclosed phone is no longer connected to the wifi router. Based on these results, we can see that the SLNT® sleeve effectively blocks Wifi signals.
For the next test, we use an RF transmitter 12 times more powerful than the Bluetooth and the Wifi module in the phone. This RF transmitter is designed to go through walls and capture a signal a mile away.
The spectrum analyzer measures the energy level in the spectrum. The US government and law enforcement use this analyzer to look for covert listening devices, including Bluetooth, Wifi, and cellular devices. Each of the spikes on the spectrum analyzer is an AM/FM radio transmitting.
Once the transmitter is inside the bag, the signal disappears. When we open the bag, the signal reappears; this is the importance of a secure enclosure. The signal immediately appears and disappears when the bag is opened and closed. You don't even have to take it out of the sleeve. Close the bag, and the signal is gone.
Results: the SLNT® Faraday bag effectively blocked this quite strong signal.
We want to determine whether the SLNT® sleeve effectively blocks the cellular signal. We place a call to a cell phone, and you can see that the phone connects to the cell site.
When we place the phone inside the SLNT® sleeve and place another call, the phone does not ring. The reason is that the cell phone disconnects from the network. In other words, the network does not know where the phone is, so it does not connect.
In today's world, one of the most common ways to steal a car is by cloning the encrypted signal of the keyless car fob. This duplication allows the thief quick access to unlock your vehicle's doors and drive away. While we didn't include this in our test with Ladsous, the same principle applies to key fobs as to cell phones.
A Faraday bag will protect your keyless entry fob from being hacked and used to start your car without you knowing. Faraday sleeves protect valuable devices from electronic pickpockets and vehicles from electronic car thieves.
Faraday bags work by blocking all electromagnetic waves, including RFID signals, so data cannot be accessed remotely. This protective feature prevents hackers from accessing your data or tracking you with your GPS coordinates.
Smart car keys are vulnerable to hacking and give thieves electronic access to remotely open and potentially steal your car. We recommend protecting yourself withSLNT® key fob guards if your car uses a remote key system.
Faraday bags are one of the best ways to protect your personal belongings from being hacked.
"In my opinion, you're not safe," says Ladsous.
"Anytime you use your cell phone, it gives you a false sense of security. The concern is not just the operating system; it's all the apps on your phone. Spying on you could not be through the operating system, but it can be through an app on your phone. Even the watch on your arm is essentially a cell phone."
So what does Ladsous recommend?
"The Faraday helps. A hundred years from now, the cell phone will still need radio frequency to connect to a network. Faraday will always be effective against RF because RF is how everything is in this day and age. Everything is wireless—wireless means RF, and the material in this bag blocks RF."
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Music is a necessity for me. My i-pod needs protection also, as my info is on it as well as my music. This sleeve fits it perfect.
I had to upgrade my phone and was extremely concerned with the 5G capabilities. This bag completely blocks ALL signals. I place my phone in my bag when I go to bed at night! Would 100% not only purchase again, but would purchase for friends/family, too! 5 stars!!
Perfect for blocking signals and also a day on the boat. 10/10 definitely recommend.
A must have for anyone whom privacy is important 5 star product
Thank you guys for supporting the fight for our right to privacy and combating mass surve.. Keep up the good work, the bag is amazing quality and I love the privacy stickers. Thanks a lot SLNT
I bought 4 Faraday Silent Pockets after reading about car fob venerability. I feel must more secure now. Get yours today to stop thieves from duplicating your fob’s signal anywhere!
I absolutely love my backpack I purchased… we need to protect our privacy now more than ever. I don’t travel without this & neither should you 😎
This is definitely a great bag for your phone. It sure seems to block everything I have tried to throw at it. Will be purchasing more!
Seems to work as expected. Hope to never do a hard test. Feel my backups are now well protected.
I purchased the SLNT pocket that an iphone 11 with an Otter Box fits in. The quality of the finished product is HIGH. I'm not addicted to my phone, so this allows me to place the phone in the pocket before traveling about daily without dropping digital crumbs along the way that could be used to reverse engineer my personal movements, locations and destinations with greater ease. I value my privacy due it being a fundamental human right despite what any judge or agency claims to the contrary.
I was very pleased to realize that this particular SLNT fits into my back pants pocket!!! The width is 'just right'. Now that's attention to detail. This is my 3rd SLNT and I recommend them to a lot of folks. Most have never heard of such a product, let alone the reason to have one and use it.
To anyone considering these products, as others have said, just get it! We live in an age where we need it. Location tracking is digital stalking. I really appreciate that some dirtbag won't be able to pull info out of my device either. Thank You SLNT, nice job.
Excellent quality, handsome, fit well, I like them and use them. Good to have protection.
Live in a condominium area. Thank you for giving me back my privacy!!
My laptop is now waterproof, padded and protected from solar flares, EMP's, hackers and trackers.
And it looks good too
4-5 starts.... well made, great function ...not only do I feel like I've helped secure my privacy but when I place the phone in the pocket I am able to disconnect from tech and have quiet private time with less stress and fewer distractions. Psychologically its been a great aid to me.
The Silent Pocket is a fantastic accessory, I am sleeping better with lack of EMF in the room and knowing that my privacy is literally in my hands.
Shipping took very little time, very happy!