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Can This iPhone Accessory Really Stop the NSA? Yep.

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Fed up with the NSA spying on your phone calls? Need to get away and don't want your phone giving away your location? Or do you simply just want to protect your privacy? Well, you could pull an Edward Snowden and throw your phone in the fridge. Or, you could pick up one of the stylish new black wallets from OFF Pocket that claims to make your phone 100 percent untraceable. 

How's that, now?

Well, the idea is that the wallet acts as a faraday cage, which blocks all radio signals from communicating with cell towers and satellites. 

Here's how the OffPocket creators say it works

The OFF Pocket™ uses the principle of a faraday cage to block all radio signals from entering and exiting the case. Your phone contains an antennae that communicates with cell towers and GPS systems. Both of these signals, radio waves in the 2.4GHz spectrum, are blocked by the metallized fabric in the case.…

...Turning off and on a smartphone can take over 40 seconds. It's inconvenient. As a result many people never turn off their smart phone, allowing it to transmit bits of data all throughout the day and night. As phone hardware and operating systems become more advanced, it's likely that the electronics inside never fully turn off, giving an opportunity for programs like Carrier IQ to continue logging data and tracking user locations.

According to the OFF Pocket website, they'll be available soon. 

In the meantime, the Snowden brouhaha has revealed an equally effective (and probably cheaper) way to keep your phone from revealing your location: Throw it in a stainless steel cocktail shaker

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