Tech Wearables That Protect Your Privacy

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Earlier this summer reports began to surface about Google Glass snoopers who were able to lift PINs and passwords from people nearby (up to 150 feet away) with around 83 percent accuracy. Creepy to say the least, but other than wearing a full-body cocoon to stave off peepers (or living in a cave) options to prevent them from lifting your access codes are pretty limited.

Fortunately, many designers and entrepreneurs are becoming more hip to what consumers want in a post-Snowden era. Wearable technology that works to protect your privacy are tough to keep in stock these days. Even more challenging is knowing what’s available and where you can purchase it. So, here we go with tech wearables!

OFF Pocket


An anti-surveillance accessory for your mobile device, OFF Pocket is a simple phone case that works to block wireless signals. With the help of a Kickstarter campaign in August 2013, privacy advocate and technologist Adam Harvey brought the OFF Pocket from dream to reality to support freedom of expression and thwart digital tracking.

Faraday Cage


If you don’t have the patience or skillset to make your own Faraday cage (easy instructions over at KillYourPhone) for your mobile device then buying one may be the way to go. Upcycle27 at Etsy features a simple handmade sleeve and U.S. Plastic has a variety of different sizes suitable for tablet, phablet or phone.



Mark Shepard’s project Sentient City Survival Kit includes an LED-light umbrella that distorts what surveillance cameras see. Instead of seeing the outline of a human body the camera detects an illuminated blob. Although the umbrella isn’t available for purchase specs and hardware are posted to assist in creating one of your own. Bonus! Check out his Under(A)ware that notifies you when radio frequency identification (RFID) tag readers are present.

Would you purchase any of the privacy protecting wearables above? Have you seen other privacy wearables or accessories that you’d like to share? Tell us about them in the comments below.

We have no commercial relationships with any of the vendors discussed in this blog, and disclaim responsibility for them and their goods and services.

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Sarah Hartshorn is a marketing, public relations and social media professional with Vuze. She blogs about content, torrents, social media and a number of other tech topics. Sarah has been involved with traditional and digital marketing since 1998.