Testing Faraday Bags

Always remember Trust but Verify! You should never blindly trust anyone or any piece of equipment. Always vet, test and verify anything before you put your trust in it and even then depending on the situation you may not want to trust it completely, but hey I have trust issues (I think they are warranted) so take that with a grain of salt.

Today we are specifically talking about faraday bags. Faraday bags are made from a special fabric that blocks, or limits the ability of wireless signals to pass through it. In most case people use these to completely block signals from going to the device to either protect from tracking, hacking, or in the case of law enforcement to stop suspects from remotely wiping seized devices.

Now a lot of faraday bags on the market are not actually designed to completely block these signals but only to limit them and that is because these bags specifically are designed to lessen the signals in order to offer a layer of protection against the health issues related to wireless signals but still allow the devices to function so that you can still use them.

This means that if you are looking for a faraday bag for privacy or security reason you should look for ones specifically designed for this task as well as test them before relying on them.

There are two general ways to test a faraday bag, We will start with the quick and dirty.

The quick and dirty method requires a second device and really only works with communications devices such as phones You will need another, what ever you are planning to put in the bag, If thats a radio then you need a second radio if thats a phone then you need a second phone. You will place the one you plan to use the bag for in the bag and then attempt to contact it with the second one.

In the case of a phone if your using blue tooth devices their connections should disconnect which can tell you if the blu tooth is blocked as well.

As you can probably imagine this method is limiting as it doesn’t test GPS and may not necessarily test wifi connections depending on how your phone is set up at the time as well as is limiting when you are wanting to test devices that you may work in this manner.

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Atmospheric Shifts

“Atmospheric Shifts are like ripples in a pond caused by the splashing of a stone, atmospheric shifts are the emotional and situational reactions to a development in a situation” ~ Patrick Horne/Jason Riley

An atmospheric shift is the environment around you reacting to a change within it. This can be a new person entering the area, something said, or something done. We see things like this on a daily basis. For instance, a group of office employees are chatting in the break room when their hardass boss walks in. They go from talking to silent, and sitting to heading back to their desk. This would be an atmospheric shift caused by the boss entering the room.

Another example would be those scenes in the movies we have all seen where the gang or group of soldiers rolls into a neighborhood and every one starts scurrying away as the shop owners start closing up and locking shutters.

Now the change in atmosphere is only the indicator, what changed the atmosphere is what you need to become aware of as it is what likely going to pose the threat. Did a group of gang members just walk into the food court that sent most people to the exits or did your friends suddenly stop laughing when you’re doing your imitation of your boss? or maybe its something as small as you see someone running but they don’t look like they should be, maybe they are wearing a dress instead of exercise cloths, then you see another person running. Look around, are they running from someone else, are they running towards a taxi, or is Godzilla a couple blocks down you get the point

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Stop Getting Deliveries at Your Home

For the security conscious, or if you are a targeted Individual(LEO,Govt., SOF, Celebrity, etc. a habit that you should break is having things delivered directly to your home(especially in your own name). For one this links your physical address to your name.  This information is then easily accessible in people search databases who get this data from the shipping companies.

Now if you have ever had anything delivered to your home address its already out there but you can stem the damage by not taking further deliveries until you can remedy the situation later. Your name and address are still out there to find but if stuff is not coming to your house any more the possibility that someone legit would be just dropping by is much less allowing you to respond more quickly with out having to figure out if they should actually be there.

The biggest step you can take to further your home and personal security is to separate your name from your physical address, with that said this is much easier said than done and can take much more work than be covered here but the information is out there for those that want to pursue this. We will also cover this in more length in our telegram and Matrix rooms.

Back to the topic at hand, when you have things delivered to your home directly you open the door for people to have a justified reason to be on your property. This can be anything from Take out to UPS to appliance deliveries We mean everything, This means that when someone drops by unannounced, you have to then figure out if they belong there or not and if the situation is suspicious or the person poses a threat. Keep in mind that just because they are wearing a uniform of some kind does not mean they are legit.

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PACE and Back up Comms

The PACE plan is the new hot topic these days and rightfully so. It applies to equipment or system that is strategically important to your operation or your survival.

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Comms being high up on both those lists. Cells phones die, or loose service and lets face it electronics for the most part are pretty delicate. One back up in my personal Comms plan is a @beartoothradio. It does have short comings as it still requires a cell phone to work and any one you want to talk to has to have one but if you work out a plan with your party beforehand its a great secure short range form of voice and text communication. It also allows you to save maps for offline use in the event you need some navigation aide as well.

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When you’re planning you should always be thinking about redundancy. Communications is no different. You want to have multiple options incase one is not working.

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Option one for most people is their cell phone. In most urban areas this is going to be fine. In more rural areas or over seas this may not be enough. Other options include Ham radio, Satellite phone, cheaper burners, app/tools like gotenna or @beartoothradio, smoke signal…..I probably wouldn’t recommend that last one but what ever works for you.

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One of your options should be off grid capable. This means no infrastructure required outside of what you or your groups controls. @beartoothradio @gotenna can fit into this category. Meshtastic might possibly be a better option but i have to look into it more and will be doing that here soon.

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Personally I carry a cell phone, and then for people in my group when I’m traveling we have beartooth as backup. I was visiting a colleague in Alaska a couple years ago and beartooth came in handy quite often when we were out side of the city.

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another option that I have used in the past is just carrying a spare cheap burner from a service provider that is different from my main cell phone. I carried it unactivated and with a minutes card so that it didn’t expire and if needed can activate it load the minutes and off we go.

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