The Hiplok Z-Lok Is A Secure Ziptie For Your Stuff

You wouldn’t normally secure a valuable object, like a bike, with a zip tie. But the Z-Lok by Hiplok isn’t your average zip tie, featuring a steel core and a double-sided locking mechanism that can only be opened with its respective two-pronged key. It’s the convenience of a zip tie with the security of a traditional bike chain. It’s long enough to wrap around up to 40cm worth of stuff, and is sold in pairs for £14.99 ($18.80 USD).

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So You Want to Build a Smart Garage? Start With These Gadgets.

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Not all people who want to start making their houses smart remember to include their garage. But you, you’re smart to know that your garage is one of the weakest spots in your home. Your garage door is probably the most-used door to your house. It’s just fitting to secure it too, along with your front door.

So, let’s start? Here are the recommended gadgets that you should have when making your garage smart.

Garage Door Controllers

This is the obvious must-have. Garage door controllers like the Chamberlain MyQ System let you control and monitor your garage door from your smartphone. It’s pretty nifty, especially if you’re the type who always seem to forget whether you have left your garage door open or not. You don’t need to drive all the way back home, just take your phone out and check.

Automated Lighting Systems

Your garage door may automatically open up and let you in when you arrive, but how can you park safely when it’s dark in there? Make sure you follow up by installing smart lighting fixtures in your garage. The popular choice is always Philips Hue bulbs; they’re super powerful too. But, there are cheaper alternatives which function just fine like the Ashia Light which is equipped with motion sensors.

Smart Tools

Your garage is also the home of your big tools, right? If you want to multitask and avoid wasting time by looking for a misplaced tool, you can invest in smart tools like Black and Decker’s drill. You can use your phone to locate it, lock or unlock it, and operate it. It even has a port which can charge up your phone.

These are just a few of the recommended gadgets that we think are worthy to sit in your smart garage. We actually have a lot more. Check them out below.

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Sunflower Home Awareness System Is The Future Of Home Security

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If you live in the kind of property that Mr. Burns might’ve lived in, you might be in the market for a serious security system. Well, it doesn’t get much more impressive than the Sunflower Home Awareness System. Why? Because it comes with its own autonomous drone. That’s right, if something triggers the alarm, you’ll immediately be notified on your smartphone and you’re then free to deploy the drone. It will fly around your property and send back a live feed, so that you can see whether you’re dealing with possible intruders, or if it’s just the neighbour’s dog who wandered into your yard again. A set of ‘Smart Lights’ that you place around the yard serve as motion sensors, as well as pleasant illumination.

Pricing or availability hasn’t been announced yet, but you can pay $25 to reserve yours today.

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This Is What Happens If You Try To Steal A Rolls-Royce Hood Ornament

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Look at that. The darn thing retracts like George Costanza’s peener in cold water! Apparently it’s been a thing on these fancy cars since 2004, but it’s only now being passed around the Intertubes.

So there you go. If you drop lower mid-six-figures on this car, you’ll at least know your ornament is safe from little thugs.

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This Is What Happens If You Try To Steal A Rolls-Royce Hood Ornament

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Look at that. The darn thing retracts like George Costanza’s peener in cold water! Apparently it’s been a thing on these fancy cars since 2004, but it’s only now being passed around the Intertubes.

So there you go. If you drop lower mid-six-figures on this car, you’ll at least know your ornament is safe from little thugs.

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This Is What Happens If You Try To Steal A Rolls-Royce Hood Ornament

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Look at that. The darn thing retracts like George Costanza’s peener in cold water! Apparently it’s been a thing on these fancy cars since 2004, but it’s only now being passed around the Intertubes.

So there you go. If you drop lower mid-six-figures on this car, you’ll at least know your ornament is safe from little thugs.

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KoalaSafe Deals Parents The Trump Card In Internet Control

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Parents everywhere rejoice: meet the simple, (mostly) conflict-free gadget that enables you to limit your kids’ internet use without coming off as the bad guy. With the days of a shared family computer long gone, it’s not unusual to have at least one tablet or device per child, and while this can make for a much more peaceful household, it does make it considerably harder to keep an eye on children’s online activity. This is where KoalaSafe comes in. A simple, inoffensive device that plugs into your existing router, it enables you to block specific sites, such as Facebook for example, or simply cut off internet access altogether.

The idea came to Australian developer Steven Pack when his niece and nephew got their first tablet devices and started spending much more time indoors – a story that will no doubt sound familiar to parents everywhere. Rather than adjusting the settings on each individual device, KoalaSafe gives parents centralized control by creating a separate wireless network that can be cut off at any time. It also allows for a certain degree of flexibility, with the option of shutting off specific categories or apps in addition to the adult sites that are blocked by default. Parents can also set up a schedule, limiting internet hours to certain times of day. The best bit? It doesn’t require any spyware or blocking software, making it harder for savvy kids to meddle.

Most of us are fairly clued up on the dangers of the internet, and the solutions are normally obvious: when it comes to business, we count on enhanced SSL protection and firewalls provided by secure hosting sites such as this one, and we wouldn’t run a home computer without the right antivirus software. Protecting our kids is where it tends to get more tricky, especially when it comes to imposing restrictions whilst avoiding tears and tantrums. One of the biggest noted advantages of KoalaSafe is that it seems to diffuse a lot of the conflict that often goes hand in hand with any kind of parental control measures. Rather than blaming you for suddenly whipping the internet rug out from under their feet, kids simply view the gadget as the one in charge. Available from Kickstarter for $99 USD, it doesn’t come at a huge cost either.

Pink Bulletproof Backpack Exists

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Do you have a terrible fear that your child might one day get shot in the back? It’s an awful thought, but it’s apparently one that occurred to a backpack manufacturer, who then decided to make a pink bulletproof backpack. It’s actually called Guard Dog Security ProShield Bulletproof Backpack and comes in both black and pink. It’s been tested against 9mm and .44 Magnum caliber rounds, and features a high-quality, lightweight Aramid construction. Weighing in at just 20 ounces, it’s not much heavier than a regular backpack, but will provide your child with protection in the section of their body containing their vital organs. At $152, it’s not exorbitantly priced.

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Surveillance On the Sly: AC Adaptor Hidden Camera

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People often show their true colors when there’s no one else in the room. If you’re suspicious or feel that someone’s up to no good in your home or office, then you might want to set up a hidden camera within the vicinity. Clocks and plush toys stuffed with a hidden camera or a mic on the inside are pretty common– but a camera disguised as an AC adaptor? Not so.

To get it up and running, just pop in an SD card and plug it into an AC outlet. When it detects motion, the camera will automatically start recording. You can use an SD card up to 16 GB capacity, which should be more than enough to record 16 hours of video on average.

The AC Adaptor Hidden Camera is  available online for $200.

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Air Vent Safe Features RFID Lock

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If you have valuable stuff in your home, there’s a number of ways you can go about trying to keep it from the hands of would-be burglars. There are obvious safes, but these are typically a magnet for determined thieves, and then there’s the plain-sight approach, which might make some of you nervous. But what about an Air Vent Safe? This particular one comes with a set of RFID magnetic cards that, once hovered over a specific spot on the vent, will activate the locking mechanism and pop it open. There is no other way to tell this apart from a regular vent otherwise. It fits between two 16 inch center studs and instructions are included. It’s $219.

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Litelok Bike Lock Is Both Lightweight, And Sturdy

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Securing your bike in public is a delicate affair. Maybe you want to be super safe, but then you’ll have to carry really heavy U-locks. Or if you care about portability, you might sacrifice some safety. But the Litelok hopes to give you the best of both worlds. Created by one Professor Neil Barron, an industrial designer and entrepreneur with a background in Aeronautics and Astronautics, the flexible lock is made of a newly patented material called Boaflexicore®. It’s made of multiple layers of materials, where “each layer provides additional security, meaning it can withstand sustained attack from tools like cable cutters, bolt croppers and hacksaws.” It’s been tested to exceed “British and International lock quality standards and in-house testing has proven that it takes well over five minutes to cut or break the strap and lock.” It weighs under 1kg (2.2lbs), is 29 inches long, and the lock only requires a key when you’re unfastening it, meaning it takes less time to secure your bike. And its beefy appearance looks like it means business, potentially discouraging would-be thieves before they even try to cut it.

It’s yours for a £80 ($117 USD) pledge, with shipping in August.

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Deal Of The Day: 25% Off On Sesame 2 Wireless Auto-Lock for Mac

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Walking away from your laptop without locking your screen can have some unintended consequences, from the innocuous Facebook status hijack to the much more serious theft of personal information. It’s just good practice to lock it, but it’s easy to become distracted. With the Sesame 2 Wireless Auto-lock Keyfob for Mac, the minute you walk away the screen will lock and it will unlock as soon as you return. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 for low-power consumption, and you can set the distance at which it locks through a related application. Normally $39, it’s $29 with this deal.

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Deal Of The Day: 45% Off On Foscam Wireless Security Camera

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You can’t be home 24/7 to check on your baby or elderly folks, but you can check in with them remotely if you’ve got the Foscam Wireless Security Camera installed at home. It’s compact, it’s versatile, and it lets you access the video feed via an app whenever you feel the need to check on your loved ones.

The camera is equipped with a 1-megapixel sensor that records 1280 × 720p video resolution. It features two-way audio, IR lights for night vision, and is compatible with most mobile devices and PCs. It’s currently on sale for $86.99.

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SkyBell Doorbell: See Who’s At the Door Without Even Getting Up

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Sometimes, the doorbell rings at the worst moments– when you’re still in bed, in the shower, playing a video game, or watching a particularly interesting football match. It gets easier when you have Skybell, though. It’s a doorbell that functions as a virtual sentry of sorts by letting you see who’s at the door without even having to get up and open it.

Skybell hooks up to your WiFi connection so you can see who’s at the door by checking your phone. You’ll also be able to communicate with visitors through Skybell (and turn away salesmen) in the comforts of wherever you currently are when the bell rang. What’s more, you’ll get an alert on your mobile if it senses someone loitering by your door, even when they haven’t pressed the button.

It’s available online for $199.

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As Secure As Data Gets: Cryptex Combination Lock USB Drive

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You can encrypt the data on your USB– or you can protect your files the old-school way by using a combination lock. The concept isn’t exactly new (see this Combination Lock made specifically for flash drives released a few years back.) However, Cryptex is different in the sense that the USB drive itself is what’s protected by your code.

Cryptex is a special container which has mechanical combination lock (rotating rings with letters or digits), which people used hundreds years ago to keep secrets. Inside the cylinder there’s a container, where you can keep piece of paper with secret data.

Of course, the drive is rendered useless if you somehow forget the 5-digit combination you’ve set the lock to. It’s still awesome anyway. It’s available online for €35.90 (about $49.)

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Point Is An Alarm System That Doesn’t Watch, It Listens

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Many people rely on cameras for home security, and surely it’s a good idea. But it has its drawbacks as well, such as making you feel like you’re being constantly watched, even if it is by yourself. Point, from Scandinavian firm Form Devices (Scandinavian team, based in San Francisco, actually), tries to take a softer approach to home security by doing two things: listening and sensing the air. With these, it’s able to tell if a window has been broken, or if someone is smoking, or if the humidity suddenly went straight up (maybe a water pipe broke somewhere?), and notifies you immediately. It can keep track of your home’s temperature day round, so as well as keeping your home safe it can help save you some money on energy bills. Point is also entirely customizable, so you decide which events trigger a notification. It doesn’t require complex wiring, only a yearly change of batteries. It connects to your WiFi network, and once setup can be completely forgotten, until you need it, of course.

It’s a fully funded Kickstarter project, and a $79 will get you one. Shipping in July 2015.

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This Hard Drive Self-Destructs With A Text

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There are many reasons why you’d want to have ultra-secure hard drives, and most of these are legal. The Autothysis128t SSD drive from company SecureDrives features top of the line “256-bit AES CBC hardware level encryption and computer independent 2 factor authentication via a separate Token. The encryption engine is FIPS 140-2 level 3 certified.” We understood some of those words, at least enough to understand they’re quite well encrypted. But there’s more! The drive is GSM enabled, and should your stuff ever be compromised and end up in the hands of anyone hell-bent on getting to its contents, you can simply send an auto-destruct text to your drive. This will cause the data to physically fragment in an unrecoverable manner. Yes, it’s quite literally a self-destruct feature, which is also activated if the drive senses someone trying to tamper with the GSM module, or entering the security code too many times.

As a matter of fact, there are a number of optional triggers that can lead to destruction, including low battery levels or trying to remove the drive from its PC. It sure sounds like if you possess some super critical data that cannot, under any circumstances, be accessed by someone else, the Autothysis128t is as good as it gets. It’s also quite expensive, setting you back a cool £1,027.00 ($1,660USD, roughly) for the privilege. And that’s for 128GB of storage.

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Gratuitous: Special Barrier Obliterates Truck

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You’re looking at a specially built barrier stopping a truck. That much is obvious. What you may not know is that it’s developed by Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute, under contract by the US State Department and it has only one purpose: to stop explosive-laden trucks travelling up to 50mph dead in their tracks. As you can see, it’s quite effective at that. The idea is to place it in front of high-value targets, like embassies. And as you can probably imagine, survival of the occupants wasn’t part of the engineering equation. Considering they’re hurling themselves at a building in order to blow it up anyway, it would have been silly to even care about this.

There’s no word on where or even if this barrier will ever be deployed, but just knowing it exists can inspire a little bit of confidence that embassies could eventually be protected from the kind of attacks that killed over 200 people in 1998.

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Silent Beacon Lets You Call For Help When You Need It

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You can think of the Silent Beacon as a panic button of sorts that you can take with you. It’s a small, handy gadget that looks like a control for your car’s alarm or something, but don’t let looks deceive you, because it can do much more. First of all, it’s a GPS tracker so it can show your current location when there’s an emergency or if you simply want someone to know where you currently are.

When it’s pushed, the Silent Beacon can be programmed to send an email or SMS to the people on your emergency contacts list. It will also patch a call to 911 and send along your location so you can get assistance in a timely manner.

The Silent Beacon is currently up for funding on Indiegogo, where a minimum pledge of $90 will get you one of your very own.

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Every Traveler Needs One: Travel Door Stop Alarm

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Traveling on a budget shouldn’t mean having to compromise your security. Unfortunately, going for the cheaper hotel sometimes means outdated locks or alarm systems. Although this isn’t always the case, it’s better to be safe than to be sorry, and that’s where this handy dandy travel door stop alarm comes in.

It’s a portable alarm that you can jam under the door for some extra security. If or when someone attempts to enter your room, it will emit a 120-db alarm to let you (and the whole building) know that there’s an intruder at the door.

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Aside from travel, you could also use it on any other door, whether it’s your dorm room or apartment or office. It retails for about $8.

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