Faraday Trends

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Faraday Trends, Part 1

Physical data protection and anti-keyless car theft are examples of Faraday trends in the world today. These are driven by the increase in crime in the technology industry. Here is a detailed description of these trends.

Physical Data Protection

  • Mobile devices can connect to a wide range of frequencies such as GSM, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi systems. This makes them potentially vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
  • By using Faraday cases, people can prevent their devices from connecting to these networks and render them invisible to attackers.
  • According to CircleClick, the use of physical protection methods such as Faraday bags is one of the top trends in the privacy space in 2020 and beyond.
  • While there are commercially available Faraday bags in the market, people can make these cases using cheaper materials such as aluminum foil.

What is Driving the Trend

  • According to a 2019 survey by Cisco, 84% of consumers care about their data and that of other members of society. These consumers are keen on controlling how this information is used.
  • The study also showed that 80% of these consumers are willing to take action to protect their data and that of other people in society. This is why privacy-conscious consumers are increasingly turning to Faraday bags to secure personal data.
  • The reason why consumers are considering protecting their personal information is the increasing risks of cyber-attacks over wireless networks.

A company at the Forefront of the Trend

  • IDG Communication is encouraging people to use Faraday phone cases to protect their mobile devices from hackers. It uses its Computerworld website to empower consumers and companies with skills on how to exploit technology for their benefit.

Anti-Keyless Car Theft Application

What is Driving the Trend

  • Statistics show that keyless car theft cases are on the rise. For instance, 88% of stolen vehicles recovered in the U.K. in 2018 were broken into using keyless means. In 2019, this figure rose to 92%.
  • Thieves are getting smarter and can get the keyless entry feature of a vehicle to work by using frequency amplifying relay devices. This tricks the vehicle to start even when the owner is not close to the automobile.

A Company at the Forefront of the Trend

  • One of the companies supporting this trend is GlobalSecurityIQ. Holly Hubert, the company CEO who is also a security expert, advises motorists to invest in Faraday cases or wrap their car key fobs with foil.
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Faraday Trends, Part 2

Two additional trends in the application of Faraday principals for personal use is their use for wellness and the use of Faraday fabrics for DIY Faraday projects.

Faraday Cages for Wellness

  • One trend in the use of Faraday principals for personal use is their use for wellness.
  • The main driver of this trend is concerns over the increasing amount of electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and radio frequencies (RF), which may be linked to an increased risk of cancer and decreased sperm count in males.
  • These concerns are only increasing with the roll out of new 5G technology.
  • For example, Jack Dorsey, Twitter's founder and CEO, spends 30 minutes per day inside a Faraday tent made by SaunaSpace in his garage as part of his wellness routine. The tent design from SaunaSpace has been on the market since June 2018.
  • One couple in San Francisco turned their entire condo into a Faraday cage, based on their concerns over a "2011 World Health Organization study that said cell phone radiation was a possible carcinogen as the reason for their modifications."
  • FONZ is a company that offers Faraday cage underwear for men, in order to protect their reproductive organs.

Faraday Fabric

  • This trend is being driven by consumer desire to DIY Faraday bags and apparel to protect themselves from the harmful affects of EMFs and to protect their devices from remote hacking.
  • One example of a company capitalizing on this trend is Mission Darkness, who manufactures and sells TitanRF Faraday Fabric Panels.
  • Faraday fabrics are also sold on Amazon, with customer reviews like: "Sewed up a cover to go over my desktop tower & a phone easy in/out bag with a fold over velcro closure. I bought several squares to use for creation of other RF protective gear. Blocks RF very good, as tested by wrapping one layer around my handy talky ham radio antenna and the transceiver's receiving signal went dead & PTT was also dead. I wrapped my phone in it and was unable to receive calls. Go figure...it works. Good cloth for RFID blocking. I can think of a couple dozen projects for this RFID blocking cloth. I will be buying more."
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