If you’re like us, you’re excited about the new Jason Bourne movie around the corner. But you don’t need to head to the movies to see conspiracy theories play out. Just turn on the news. The FBI just paid hackers $1-million to access an iPhone, every month there’s a new data breach and there’s rumors of countries conducting electronic warfare.

So it seems fitting that in this first issue we cover the topic of security.

Have you ever thought about how much personal information you carry on your phone? Bank account numbers, contacts, birthdays--maybe even a few questionable photos.

What keeps those safe exactly? Unless you’re looking to drop some serious money on something like the Silent Circle phone, the answer is probably encryption. But the concept of encryption is under fire.

Even if you’re the type that says, “I have nothing to hide,” the stakes are still high. These debates will determine the future of privacy in a rapidly changing digital world. A world that many of us have come to rely on.

A recent Popular Science article poses an important question:

“In the future, will the Internet be a way for people to communicate cheaply (and criticize their governments?) Or is it the world’s biggest surveillance machine?”

So with security in mind, below we offer you a few apps, accessories and thoughts on the topics of surveillance and security.

Be safe!


Silent Pocket

Accessories

Silent Pocket Product Image

All those tap payment systems and beaming pictures between devices is nice. But it opens up the potential for security concerns as well.

Silent Pocket offers a collection of stylish cases, wallets and other accessories to designed to shield your device and ensure data thieves are thwarted. All without changing how you use your mobile device.


Use a VPN to Protect Yourself on Public Wi-Fi

How-To Guide

It seems that everywhere you go today you can find a free Wi-Fi hotspot. But how do you know that the Wi-Fi hotspot is legit and not just a way to collect your personal information?

This is where VPNs come in. By encrypting and tunneling your data through secure servers, you can surf with additional peace of mind.

We created this guide to help you find reliable Wi-Fi service, protect your personal data and make the most of the sea of free data out there.


ProtonMail

Apps

ProtonMail Screenshot

End-to-end encryption offers protection from snooping, data theft or unwarranted monitoring for your email. While many service providers offer support for encryption, few build the feature into the service itself.

Protonmail is a new service offering world-class encryption, isolated data centers and a server base in Switzerland--a country known for it’s strong stance on personal privacy and user protections.

The free tier will cover most users, but even upgrading to a premium level is cheaper than a few morning coffees.


TrapTap

Accessories

TrapTap on Car Dashboard

This little disc full of lights is blowing up Kickstarter at the moment--and for good reason. It promises to help reduce the chances of falling victim to a speed trap or red light camera. With maps of the red light cameras, school zones and common speed traps in more than 60 countries, it sounds amazing.

When you near one of the zones, the disc lights up. Pass a police officer on the way to work? Tap the disc and let everyone else know too. Best of all, it’s not illegal--like many radar detectors--and doesn’t distract like popular apps, such as Waze, might.


Beartooth

Accessories

Beartooth Product Image and App Screenshot

Mobile phones are great for staying in touch or sending a quick message when you have a signal. But what if you don’t have a signal or want to communicate off the grid? Beartooth is tackling this by combining radio technology and mobile phones.

You pair your Beartooth adaptors to two mobile phones and you instantly have an encrypted channel for sending text messages or making voice calls. You can expand it to use multiple devices and Beartooth adaptors with a range of up to 10 miles.

Add in external battery functionality, GPS tracking and location sharing support, and we think this is a pretty awesome way to stay in touch or coordinate communications without depending on mobile networks.


Two Tips to Keep Your Phone’s Encrypted Messages Encrypted

Articles

We believe that encryption is an important protection to ensure the future of privacy. If you’re looking for ways to increase the security of your daily communications, Wired recently outlined two popular services offering end-to-end encryption for text, voice and picture messaging.

Not sure how your current apps are protecting your data? This handy chart from the Electronic Frontier Foundation rates some of the most popular apps available on 7 different security measurements. Best of all, it’s simple to read and understand.


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