As technology becomes more integrated into everyday life, there is an increasing worry of what will happen if something renders that technology useless. Consider a smartphone; this device has replaced landlines, alarm clocks, address books, notebooks, and PDA’s. Some people feel that the smartphone has even largely replaced desktop/laptop computers. Books are slowing being replaced with their digital equivalent. Music is now entirely digital making CD’s irrelevant. News can be streamed in print or video right to any internet connected device. Receipts can be digital, you can shop without ever leaving your house. You can take care of your bank account from your computer or phone. It is even possible to work for companies around the country and never leave your house. The digital age is an impressive one. However, what happens if all of this fantastic technology is suddenly rendered useless? There are many things that can adversely affect your tech. Sun flares of certain magnitudes will stop any electronic devices within a specific radius from working. An EMP (electromagnetic pulse) strike will wipe out all electronics in its path. The list goes on and on detailing the various ways technology is vulnerable. Thankfully, there are ways to protect your devices from different types of problems including hackers, viruses, and EMP. Here, you will find details of the best way to protect your devices from an EMP.
There is only one way to protect your devices from an EMP that is actually effective. There is no app you can download, no program to use. The only way to actually protect your devices is to place them in a container designed to block signals, including those from solar flares and EMP. These containers are often called Faraday cages, Faraday bags, and Tech Protect EMP protection containers. These containers can be purchased from multiple places online. They are somewhat on the expensive side, so if you are not ready to invest in one, there are ways to make one right at home. Once you have built one and see that it actually works, consider upgrading to a professionally built one. If you are still skeptical about the price, there are plenty of companies that offer discounts and frequently run sales. These containers work by blocking all incoming signals, nothing can get through.
While the goal is to block the incredibly harmful signals of EMP, these containers have many other uses as well. This because they have the ability to block radio frequencies, cell signals of all kinds, Bluetooth, WIFI, and even RFID scanner signals. This is the ultimate protection. This means that hackers cannot access your information that is stored on your device. There have been many times over the years that these types of containers have been used to protect incredibly vital information. When a new Pope was being chosen, the Vatican was ensconced in a very large Faraday cage. This way, even if someone managed to plant a listening device inside the Vatican, they would be able to use it. Not only does a Faraday cage keep all signals out, it also holds signal in. Therefore, any signal that attempts to transmit from inside of the cage will be blocked from the outside world.
If you have decided that you want to build your own Faraday cage to protect your devices, you will need a basic guide to help you along. To begin you need to assemble all of the supplies you will need. This includes several cardboard boxes in assorted sizes, heavy duty aluminum foil, several pieces of cloth, plastic wrap or plastic bags, and all of the items that you want to store in the container. Keep in mind that if you plan or storing your device on a semi-permanent basis to protect them from any sun flare or EMP that may happen in the future, you will need to purchase inexpensive devices just for this purpose. You will not be able to use the devices while they are stored in the container, so you will not want to put the main devices that you use daily basis in there unless you are preparing for something specific in a given time frame. If you do not already have extra devices to store in the container, you will need to make a list of what you need and purchase them. Some items to consider are a hand-crank radio, walkie-talkies, a basic cell phone, a clock radio, an e-reader or tablet, and an MP3 player.
Once you have everything that you need it is time to assemble your container. Begin by separating each item that you are storing. Choose one and wrap it completely in a piece of cloth. Next wrap plastic wrap of the cloth. You can place the cloth wrapped device in a plastic bag instead if that is what you choose to do. If you are using the bag, be sure to seal it completely. The next thing you need to do is wrap foil around the plastic sealed device. You need to use at least three layers of foil. Each layer needs to be molded ensuring that there are no rips, tears, or holes anywhere. Next, place the device inside a cardboard box which will then wrap with more aluminum foil, at least two layers. There you have it, homemade a faraday cage for your device. Repeat the process for each of your devices. If you have many devices to protect or just really large one, you will need a larger space. For this, you will begin with a galvanized steel trash can. Line the entire inside of the can in cardboard. Be sure that you do not leave any gaps. You will need to wrap each item in the cloth, plastic, and foil then place them inside the trash can, Be certain that the metal from the cannot come into contact with the aluminum foil. Make sure that the lid of the can fits tightly.
If you are planning on purchasing a container online, there are many sites that sell different versions. This includes bags designed specifically for key fobs, smartphones, tablets, laptops and a large universal sized bag. Simply look up Faraday cages or EMP protection contains and you will find anything you could want.