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
- Car key fobs use radial signals to connect with the keyless entry feature built-in most automobiles today. The system allows the car to start only when the key fob is nearby.
- Hackers can intercept the car key fob signal when the owner of a vehicle is locking it from a distance. They can also exploit the weaknesses in the car's keyless entry/start system as long as the fob is in the vicinity. This allows them to access the codes to unlock and start the vehicle.
- To protect car owners from this menace, experts in the U.K. and Singapore propose wrapping the fobs with aluminum foil or keep them in Faraday bags.
- Tweets by the Brentwood & Epping Forest Community Policing Team, Sandwell Crime Prevention Panel, and the Greater Manchester Police Urmston show that the increasing preference for Faraday cases in combating keyless car theft.
- The increasing tendency of law enforcers in the U.K. to distribute Faraday cases to their communities shows that the application of Faraday principles in this space is a growing trend.
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.